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Did you know that a problem with a backed-up sewer can cause thousands of dollars' worth of damage to your furniture, walls, electrical systems, and floors? It can be a real hassle to deal with this problem, not to mention that smell.

If you're having problems with your sewer, then chances are you're trying to figure out how to fix a backup sewer issue. You may be asking yourself, "Can I fix this on my own?" Or, "Do I need to call a plumber to fix this problem, and how much will that cost?"

It's stressful to be dealing with this problem and trying to find the right solution. Maybe you've already tried a few fixes, and they've only made things worse. Maybe you're too anxious to do anything at all.

That's why we've put together this article. You can learn about the different issues that might be causing that bad sewer smell or making it so you can't shower comfortably. We'll also give you tips on how to fix the problem and tell you when you might need a professional to fix it.

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How to fix a sewer backup in Meridian, ID

If your sewer is backing up, it's important to first identify the cause of the problem. Once you know what's causing the backup, you can determine if you can fix it yourself or if you need to call a plumber.

Possible causes of a sewer backup in Meridian:

  • Clog: A clog is the most common cause of a sewer backup. It can be caused by a variety of materials, including grease from cooking, hair from showering, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, and toys.
  • Main blockage: A main blockage is a blockage in the sewer system that runs through your neighborhood. It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as tree roots or large objects that have been flushed down the toilet.
  • Tree roots: Tree roots can grow into sewer pipes and damage them, causing blockages.

If you think you have a clog in your home, you can try home DIY remedies before calling a plumber, but if the problem persists it's time to call us!

If you have a main blockage or tree roots in your sewer pipes, you will need to call a plumber.

Here are some additional tips for preventing sewer backups in Meridian:

  • Avoid putting grease, fat, oil, and food scraps down the drain. These materials can solidify and cause clogs.
  • Use a strainer in your sink and bathtub drains to catch hair and other debris.
  • Flush feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, and disposable diapers in the trash, not the toilet.
  • Have your sewer lines professionally cleaned every few years.

If you have any questions about how to fix a sewer backup in Meridian, call 1-800-Plumber +Air of Meridian today.

How to fix a sewer clog in the Treasure Valley, ID

If you're having a problem with a sewer clog in your home in the Treasure Valley, ID, there are a few different fixes you can try before calling a plumber.

1. Use a plunger. Plunger are effective at clearing clogs in sinks and bathtubs. To use a plunger, simply plunge vigorously for several minutes. If the clog doesn't clear, try plunging in different directions.

2. Use a drain snake. A drain snake is a long, flexible tool that can be inserted into the drain to break up clogs. To use a drain snake, simply insert the end of the snake into the drain and crank the handle. The snake will travel through the drain and break up the clog.

3. Do Not Use a liquid drain cleaner. Liquid drain cleaners are chemical substances that can break down clogs, but are highly toxic and can cause more damage to your plumbing system.

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When to Call a Plumber

If you need to find a good plumber, then we recommend first asking around. Word-of-mouth referrals are always useful from people you trust, so ask any friends or family in your area if they know of someone who's good and has reasonable prices.

You can also look online for a plumber who knows how to fix a backup sewer mess. Look at reviews on Yelp for plumbers near you, and check out Angie's List, which is like a Craigslist for construction and home repair companies.

Feel free to give us a call, too. At 1-800-Plumber +Air, we offer reasonable rates and fast service.

How to Fix a Sewer Backing up Into a Ditch

If you have a sewer backing up into a ditch, then this means that the water from your septic tank is leaking. This can be unsafe, putting polluted water out into the ground.

However, it can be difficult to spot this issue since so many of your pipes are underground. If there's a ditch near your property, though, you might be able to spot it by seeing if your septic pipe tank is spilling there.

Another option is to look beneath the manhole.

However, it can be dangerous to look into the manhole, both because it's difficult to lift and because it can be quite a drop down to the sewer system. If you find yourself in this position, we recommend calling in a plumber to deal with this problem.

What to Do if You Notice a Bad Sewer Smell

A bad sewer smell can be a nasty problem. Not only is it a sign that something's gone wrong with your sewer, but it's also a problem that negatively impacts your everyday life by making your bathroom, kitchen, or whole house stink.

If this is happening to you, then it isn't a simple clog.

Chances are, your entire sewage system is clogged up, and it's raw sewage causing the smell. Aside from the nasty smell, you can tell this is going off if your toilets aren't flushing or your sinks aren't emptying out quickly or fully.

Because it's raw sewage you're dealing with, it's not safe to fix this problem yourself. Instead, get a professional to come in and fix it.

How to Know if My Sewer Needs Service

You may be wondering to yourself, "How do I know if my sewer needs service?" Generally speaking, unless you're dealing with a simple clog, you'll probably need to call in an expert plumber.

And if you tried to unclog a simple clog and weren't able to, then you'll need help with that too.

A few other tips for what to do before calling someone to help you out include:

  • Pouring boiling water down the drain to clear the clog

  • Pulling the clog out yourself with your hand

  • Using a hook to get it out

  • Putting in vinegar and baking soda to clear the clog

If you decide to do any of these, remember to be safe. If the clog has caused a flood in your home, turn off all electronics before dealing with it. Put on the right clothes, such as a sturdy pair of boots, if you're going to walk through sewage water, and wear a mask and goggles.

Even then, considering that there are health risks associated with being around sewage—such as Hepatitis A, salmonella, and dysentery—we recommend a professional to deal with any sewage flooding issues you may have in your home.

A Few Extra Tips

Here are a few extra tips for dealing with a clog in your home. First, remember that you can use Coca Cola or Pepsi to dissolve a clog. Because of the dissolving agents in it, it will eventually break apart the clog.

Another tip: to avoid having clogs in the future, replace your pipes with plastic pipes.

They're resistant and strong, and if you're constantly dealing with blockages, it's time to get your pipes replaced anyway. While this is pricey, it'll save you money (and headaches) in the future.

If you can't afford that, just remember to be careful about what you put down the drain.

If you notice a clog starting to form (the water takes just a few extra seconds to drain, for example), then destroy it before it gets so bad that you need to bring in a plumber.

Need More Help With Your Home?

Do you need more help with your home? Maybe it's not just clogs you want to deal with, but also issues with the heating not working properly or needing a new gas line installed.

Whether you want to know how to fix a backup sewer problem or something else, here at 1-800-Plumber +Air, we can help. Visit our plumbing services page to learn more about our services.


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