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Sewage Backup Cleanup Company
Experts in sewer cleanup, Helpers has been servicing properties throughout Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. We know the importance of a quick response and successful implementation. Our team of certified professionals will get your property to it’s pre-event condition as soon as possible.
Experts in Floor and Sewage Backup Cleanup Services
Unaware that your home or business is suffering from water damage? You’re not alone! Helpers will inspect the scene to determine what type of contamination has been encountered and take appropriate action.
Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. The water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illnesses.
Causes of Sewer Backup
Aging Sewer Systems (Broken or Collapsed Sewer Lines)
Although plastic sewer lines have now become the norm, older homes were built using cast iron and clay piping that can break down over time and create sewer problems. The Civil Engineering Research Foundation reports that the number of backed up sewers is increasing at an alarming rate of about 3 percent annually. In addition, a recent report from the American Society of Civil Engineers indicates that the nation’s 500,000-plus miles of sewer lines are on average over thirty years old.
Problems also arise in systems that combine storm water and raw sewage into the same pipeline. During many rain storms, the systems are exposed to more volume than they can handle, and the result is a sewage backup situation that allows sewage to spew out into basements and low lying drains.
Another common cause of home sewer backups is tree roots. Tree roots can cause a couple of problems for your sewer lines – they can grow into the pipes and cause holes and blockages or they may wrap around your sewer line and crush it. Even if the area directly above your sewer line is free of trees, roots from a neighboring yard could be the cause of your sewer problem.
A blockage can occur in a city sanitary main. If the blockage is not detected in time, sewage from the main can back up into homes and businesses through floor drains. Usually this happens slowly, giving the owner time to call a licensed plumber to assess the damage.
Water in Basement
Most basement flooding is not related to the sanitary sewer system. In many cases, soil settles adjacent to the building and, if not corrected, leads to rainwater flowing towards the building and down the outside of the foundation wall. This is particularly true in older buildings, where cracks may have developed in the foundation or floor slab that allow water to enter the basement. This will usually happen after a number of rain storms, when the ground is saturated. Drainage can be improved by making sure that water drains away from the building. Owners may also be able to prevent flooding by water sealing the basement.
Just like your drain pipes, your main sewer line can become clogged, which can cause sewage backups in your home. If it is just one toilet, sink or tub that seems to be giving you a problem, it may just be a clog in that drain. If, however, every flush creates a sewage backup in your home, you likely have a blockage in your main sewer line.
Most sewer clogs can be prevented with regular maintenance and proper use of your drains. Here are a few tips that will help keep your sewer line clear:
- Don’t use your toilet as a waste basket – Flushing facial tissues, napkins, diapers and other waste down your toilet creates clogs.
- Use your garbage disposal intelligently – Avoid dumping large quantities of anything down your garbage disposal that can become lodged within your sewer line.
- Don’t pour grease down your drain – Grease and fat, although liquid when poured down your drain, can harden within your plumbing, collecting debris and creating a stubborn clog.
WHY CHOOSE HELPERS RESTORATION?
Direct Insurance Billing & No Upfront Costs
You are in good hands. IICRC Certified Firms are known for their high level of technical experience and professionalism.
We are State Certified Building Inspectors, which allows us to complete the testing of your home or business quickly. This means no more delays while you wait for an inspector.
Certified in Xactimate
Our billing is done via Xactimate, the leading replacement cost estimating software, approved for the insurance repair industry.
Looking for a water cleanup company you can trust? Choose Helpers. We’re accredited with the Better Business Bureau and have an A+ rating!