We Battle Residential Sewer System Backups in Denton, TX

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Denton Repairs Sewer System Backups

At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Denton, our service professionals are experienced in handling the toughest residential sewer system backups for homeowners in Denton, TX. Your sewer line is essential in carrying wastewater out of your home. The situation causes headaches and worries for homeowners whenever it backs up. What do you do? Call our service professionals for help! We’ll restore your sewer or septic line and save it from tree root intrusion, cracks, and other common issues these pipes face.

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How Can I Tell if My Sewer Line Is Backed Up?

You don’t have to be a licensed plumber to detect when there might be an issue with your home’s plumbing. In fact, understanding what to look for will help you discover potential problems quicker, saving you from more significant repairs if the original issue goes undetected. Acting quickly and contacting us for plumbing maintenance is the key to keeping problems to a minimum. Common signs of sewer system backup include:

  • Multiple backups in drains throughout the home
  • A strong smell of sewage from drains or outside around the property
  • Water backing up in the toilet or shower
  • Water noises, such as gurgling, from the toilet or any drain
  • Puddles of water around any basement floor drains

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Tree Roots Are Major Contributors to Sewer System Backup

One of the most common reasons sewer systems back up is tree root intrusion. It may surprise you to learn a tree root is strong enough to penetrate pipe materials, but just as they can damage pavement in streets and sidewalks, they can find their way through cement and metal pipes. Trees need water to grow, and their roots seek out moisture. Cracks or pinhole-sized leaks in sewer lines attract tree roots, which infiltrate them to soak in more water, enlarging holes as they feed off the water in the pipes.

How We Repair Tree Root Damage

If you're one of the many homeowners with tree roots blocking sewer lines, don't panic. We have solutions to handle the toughest challenges. Even the best sewer backup prevention system might not be able to keep pesky tree roots out. Repair options for these cases include:

  • HydrojettingWe use high-powered water jets to forcefully clean sewer pipes. This action eliminates tree roots and will scrub the pipe walls to eliminate scum and grease to prevent future backups for quite some time.
  • Pipe Lining – If you have water leaking from sewer lines, we can line the interior of the pipe walls with a sleeve that seals off the leaking moisture to keep the landscape around the pipes dry.
  • Pipe Bursting – If a sewer system line is damaged beyond repair, we use hydraulics to break up that section of pipe and insert a new segment.
  • Rooter Work and Drain Cleaning – We use durable tools to bust through stubborn tree roots, followed by a nice cleanse to ensure nothing is left behind that could cause another block. We can use either lining or bursting services to repair the area where tree roots entered the line.

Septic System Line Backup Repair

If your home is equipped with a septic system, the septic line is susceptible to similar backup issues as city sewer lines. While a sewer line is connected to the city system and transported away from the property, a septic line transports wastewater to a tank underground on the property. Tree roots and sludge buildup can cause the same issues for these homeowners as those with sewer lines. Our company is here to handle either one of these situations.

Be on the Lookout for Septic Line Backups

Blockages and backups in the septic line have similar signals to those in sewer lines. Neither is pleasant, but with one quick call to our service professionals, we can be out to assess the issue promptly. With a septic line backup, you might notice the following:

  • Very green grass around the septic area in the yard
  • Multiple drains in the home draining slowly
  • Slow flushing toilets
  • Wastewater leaks in the yard, often they will have a strong odor

Tips for Wastewater Line Backup Prevention

The good thing about a proactive plan is that your sewer backup prevention system cost doesn’t have to be high. Most of the steps include routine maintenance and common sense. Make sure your drains and pipes are inspected and cleaned periodically. Know where your sewer lines run, and refrain from planting trees in that area. Consider our Advantage Plan® to learn more about preventative maintenance options.

Contact Us for Residential Sewer System Backups

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Denton is committed to delivering superior choices to repair sewer system backups in Denton, TX. Our service professionals have years of experience and will work with you to find the most effective option to bring your plumbing back to its full function. Contact us to schedule your service today.

What Is a Residential Sewer System Backup?

A sewer system backup occurs when raw sewage or dirty water comes back up through the drain in your sink, toilet, bathtub, or shower. They occur when something is blocking the sewer pipe. This prevents wastewater from freely flowing into the city’s sewer system. If you notice warning signs of a sewer system backup, call our team of professionals immediately to prevent damage to your home and exposure to dangerous bacteria and viruses.

What Causes a Sewer System Backup?

Several different problems and outside factors can cause a sewer system backup. Potential causes of a backup include the following:

  • Tree roots intruding into the sewer line
  • A clogged sewer drains
  • Heavy storm or rain that causes a backup of the city’s sewer system
  • A damaged, old, or corroded sewer line
  • Collapsed pipes
  • Infrequent or no sewer line maintenance
  • Improper sewer line installation or materials

What Are the Warning Signs of a Sewer System Backup?

Knowing the early warning signs of a sewer line backup can help you prevent major damage to your home. The sooner you call us for sewer line repair or replacement, the easier, faster, and less expensive the job will likely be. Watch out for these signs that you need to call our team of professionals to repair a sewer system backup:

  • More than one drain is clogged in your home
  • You have a clogged toilet and a clogged drain
  • Water is backing up into other drains
  • Dirty water or sewage is backing up into your toilet, sink, shower, or bathtub
  • You see bubbles in your toilet or around your drains
  • Your toilet isn’t flushing properly
  • The water level in your toilet keeps changing
  • Really bad smells are coming from your drains
  • You hear gurgling noises from your toilet or drains
  • Your basement or floor drains are wet
  • You notice soggy spots, marshy pools of smelly water, or sudden patches of lush green grass in your yard
  • There is an increase in pests or rodents around your home

What Is a Sewer Backup Prevention System?

A sewer backup prevention system or backwater prevention valve is a fixture installed on the main sewer line and/or the drain line to prevent sewer backflows. This allows the sewage to go out but not come back in. A sewer backup prevention system costs much less than repairing or replacing your entire sewer line. You can reduce your risk of a sewer system backup by:

  • Scheduling annual inspections of your sewer line and sewer drain
  • Hiring our professionals to clean out your sewer line
  • Replacing old sewer lines
  • Disposing of grease, fat, and oil properly (don’t pour them down the drain)
  • Only flushing waste and toilet paper down the toilet
  • Calling our professionals as soon as you notice an issue with your drains or sewer line

What Should I Do if Sewage Overflows into My Home?

If you have a sewer system backup, you should first protect yourself and your family from exposure. Turn off the main power to your home to prevent electrical failure or electrocution. Open all of the windows and doors for ventilation. Turn off your home’s main water supply, and do not use the toilets, bathtub, shower, or sinks. Contact our professionals to inspect your sewer line and diagnose the problem. Call your city utility company and homeowners insurance company to report the problem. Hire a professional water damage and waste remediation company to clean your home and prevent health and safety issues safely.

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