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Backed-Up Plumbing? Here's What to Do Before Calling a Plumber

Last updated 2 years ago

Backed-up sewage lines can cause damage to your home and carry health risks for your family. Fast action is required when plumbing begins to back up into your home. Follow this set of sewage backup tips to minimize the impacts of this annoying plumbing problem.

  • Clear Bathroom Space: Sewage is full of dangerous and infectious bacteria. You can protect your property from exposure to these germs by clearing the bathroom space as soon as a backup begins. Remove rugs, waste bins, and any other items that haven’t been exposed to sewage water. An open bathroom space will also be helpful for plumbers once they arrive to solve the problem.
  • Turn Shut-Off Valve: Your next step after clearing the bathroom space is to stop the backup. Start by locating the local shut-off valve attached to the toilet. If the valve fails to stop the flow of sewage, move to the main water shut-off valve. You can start the water again once the visiting plumber gives you the all-clear.
  • Locate Water Intrusion: Water, especially the liquid expelled by sewage backup, can cause severe damage to your home. Be sure to note and record all the sections of your home that are impacted by the sewage flooding. This information will be vital to your plumber, insurance company, and remediation specialists you eventually work with.
  • Contact Home Insurance: Your insurance company should be notified of the water backup immediately. Severe flooding will require the help of water damage specialists, and you’ll want your insurance company to pay those costs. Your insurance company may cover your plumbing costs as well.

Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical can be reached at 24-hours a day to deal with plumbing back-ups. Contact us at (206) 720-2040 for immediate repairs or on our website for service information. We also service commercial and industrial locations.


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