How to Deal with Sewage Backups after Heavy Rain

Heavy rainstorms can lead to a sewer backup, an issue no homeowner wants to face. The municipal sewer systems in cities such as Richmond, Henrico, and Glen Allen are designed to keep excess rainwater away from your home. However, these sewers can only take so much liquid.

After the city’s sewer becomes backed up, your home’s sewer line can become clogged, leading to flooding. As the property owner, you are responsible for the water and sewer line that runs between your property and the public utility connection. That means if there is a rupture in your sewer line, clogging, or leaking, you are responsible for these repairs

Don’t Do the Dirty Work Yourself

We offer emergency plumbing services for sewer lines and water mains that can help you out when you’re in a pinch. Our technicians will repair water and sewer lines to prevent further flooding and damage to your home or business.

Bradley Mechanical’s experienced technicians are ready to repair your home or business’ plumbing system should you encounter a sewer backup. Typically, when a city sewer is backed up a large number of homes and businesses are affected. Our large team of experts allows us to respond to multiple emergency calls quickly.

Damage Control

If your sewage backup has leaked onto your floors—prompt cleanup is important to avoid disease, destruction of your possessions, electrical malfunctions, and further damage to your home or business. We recommend the cleanup experts of SERVPRO, who will perform the following services:

Clean-up should include:

  • Using a wet vacuum to remove any spillage
  • Mopping affected areas such as floors and walls will soap and disinfectant
  • Flushing out toilets, sinks, and tubs and disinfecting
  • Steam cleaning any affected carpet, drapes, or upholstery
  • Cleaning and repairing duct work

Avoid Plumbing Nightmares

Making repairs after a sewage backup can be costly, but there are ways to reduce the risks of future damage to your property. Bradley Mechanical’s expert plumbers can help you identify potential risks and install preventative measures to avoid future backups and flooding.

One of the best ways to avoid sewer backups is by installing a Backwater Prevention Valve. These fixtures are installed straight into the sewer line in the basement of your home or business. Once properly installed, this valve will allow sewage to go out, but prevent it from coming back up your pipes.

Other ways to safeguard your home from backups and flooding include installing a sump pump, battery backup pump, or high-water alarm system. However, there is never a 100 percent guarantee against sewage backups. That’s why it’s important to take precautions such as ensuring your switches and wiring are installed high enough above potential water and flooding levels in your home. In the case of any backups or flooding, call a professional first to ensure that there is no live electric current running through your water.

Don’t leave yourself at the mercy of the city sewer line. Call Bradley Mechanical today at 804-748-6728 to solve sewer repairs. Our team of expert plumbers has been trusted for more than 50 years in the Central Virginia area.

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