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How to Prevent Sewage Backups

Sewage backups can be a messy and costly problem to run into. Learn how you can prevent this from happening in your home or office.

If you're looking for a way to have your day ruined, a sewage backup is a good place to start. Backups can be messy and costly to fix. To avoid a septic tank disaster, follow some of these tips for sewage backup prevention.


Understanding the Cause 


Knowing what causes backups can be the best way to prevent them. Common culprits of a sewage backup include the following:

  • Root infiltration: If there are large trees or other plants nearby, they can disturb older pipes and cause blockages.
  • Lack of maintenance: Failing to get septic tanks pumped every three to five years can result in system failures.
  • Problems with the foundation: If the foundation is fractured or the ground resettles, you may not be getting proper drainage from all of your pipes.
  • Flushing inappropriate items down the toilet: While there are many obvious items that shouldn't be flushed, some lesser-known items include paper towels, dryer sheets, and even an abundance of toilet paper.
  • Broken and blocked pipes


Addressing issues beforehand is an effective preventative measure for sewage backups. Consult a professional to perform regular maintenance and notify you of any issues or hazards they discover.


What Can You Do?


While some of the bigger issues are difficult to handle, here are a few tips to live by to keep your home and drainage system in good shape:

  • Only flush compostable material down the toilet that is clearly marked as safe for flushing. If it isn't toilet paper, make sure you read the packaging carefully.
  • Schedule regular cleanings and maintenance if you have a septic tank.
  • Never pour grease down your drains: If it's not completely flushed through, grease will eventually harden on your pipes or further down the sewer line. Over time, grease buildup can cause full blockages.
  • Replace older cast iron and copper piping with newer PVC pipes. PVC pipes are more resistant to root infiltration.
  • Waterproof your basement: Raise plumbing fixtures, such as sinks and toilets, in your basement and install a sump pump if water collects in any problem areas.


A sewage backup is a huge mess to clean on your own. If you have any drainage concerns or you're already experiencing sewage issues, Darrell Crews Septic Tanks can inspect your septic system for you. Our fully licensed and insured septic tank company provides superior service to residents in the Jacksonville area. Contact us today to get your system working as good as new.

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