Prevent Sewage Problems this ThanksgivingNovember 17, 2016 0 Comments
Prevent Sewage Problems this Thanksgiving
It’s Thanksgiving, the table is set, the family has been seated, and everyone’s ready to dig in, but wait … what’s that smell in the air? Well, if you haven’t taken preventative measures around the bathrooms and in the kitchen, it might not be the turkey. And it’s better to prevent a smelly situation because the National Association of Realtors says that to get rid of a sewage smell, you’ve got no time to waste.
Where to Look to Prevent Sewage Problems
- Guest bathroom
Prevent Sewage Problems in the Bathrooms
- Don’t use your toilet as a garbage can. Avoid flushing paper towels, feminine products, cleaning wipes, or anything other than toilet paper is key to prevent sewage problems.
- Inspect your toilet for leaks. Look for wet areas on and around the toilet, as well as on the water line that connects the toilet to the wall. If you notice any leaks, call a plumber as soon as possible. Leaks can hike up your water bill and damage your home.
- Test for leaks with food coloring. Add six or seven drops of food coloring to your tank and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then check your toilet bowl and see if the water has changed color. If it has, you’ve got a leak. Call a plumber right away!
- Check the water shut-off valve. This is the knob attached to the wall or floor that shuts off the water supply to your toilet. Just turn the knob to make sure it is still turnable. If it is resistant or won’t budge, it may be faulty and in need of professional maintenance.
- Make sure the fill valve is working properly. Lift the lid to your tank and flush the toilet. Make sure that the after the tank has refilled, the fill valve completely stops dispensing water.
Prevent Sewage Problems in the Kitchen Disposal
- Try putting two cups of ice cubes and a cup of rock salt into the disposal and running the unit with cold water. This will help break up embedded sludge, causing the unit to run more smoothly.
- If your sink is still draining slowly, have a professional plumber snake the line before Thanksgiving Day.
What to Do If You Have Experienced Sewage Problems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains that absorbent or porous materials such as your rugs and carpet are at high risk for mold and bacteria growth, especially in crevices which makes the mold and bacteria impossible to completely remove. Depending on the severity, moldy conditions can lead to rot, structural damage, premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems including coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, itching, and even respiratory failure.
If you spot mold, or see signs of water damage due to your septic tank backup, schedule a mold inspection and remediation with a NADCA-certified mold remediation specialist or water mitigation specialist to assess any and all damage.
More info? For more information on where mold comes from, read our post: Identify Mold and Mildew in Your Home.