Residential Sewer System Backup Services in Tupelo, MS

We Take Care of Your Home’s Sewer & Plumbing Emergencies

Your home’s sewer pipes perform an essential service but are also susceptible to damage from tree roots, debris, and other reasons. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tupelo & Oxford offers professional plumbing services for homeowners in Tupelo, MS, including residential sewer system backups. A backup in your home’s sewer system can lead to all types of problems, but you can count on our licensed and insured plumbers to solve your problems quickly and effectively. We offer re-piping and repair services for sewer and septic lines, and our experts have the process down to a science. Learn more about how we take care of sewer system backups, and get in touch with us today to request a job estimate.

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Signs Your Home Has a Sewer System Backup

Homeowners in Oxford or Starkville, MS may not realize they have a sewer system problem until the issue gets more obvious and expensive to fix. We want to help you catch potential sewer system issues early on to help you save time, money, and hassle. To do so, we’ve prepared a list of some of the most common warning signs that you have a sewer system backup:

  • Water pooling around your basement floor drain
  • Multiple drain backups in your house
  • Water backing up from toilets, showers, or sink drains
  • Strong odors from your home’s outdoor areas or drains
  • Drain backup combinations involving a toilet
  • Gurgling noises coming from toilets or drains

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Offering Comprehensive Sewer Line Tree Root Intrusion Services

While trees are a wonderful addition to any home, tree roots tend to be the enemy of your home’s sewer pipes. Tree roots will find their way into your home’s pipes if they have leaks or condensation. The tree roots search for nourishment and can slip into a sewage system through a tiny hole, crack, or separation in the piping. After roots infiltrate your pipes, the holes will become larger and lead to clogs in your system before your pipe eventually bursts. Some signs that you are dealing with tree root invasions include backups in your bathtubs or toilets, gurgling noises in your toilets, bathtubs that do not drain properly, and a lack of water in your toilet bowl. Our professional plumbers offer comprehensive solutions for tree root invasion problems, including the following:

  • Hydro Jetting – This long-term solution to treating tree root invasions uses pressurized water jets to clean out pipes. Our plumbing team will thoroughly scour your home’s sewer line, removing grease build-up, debris, and tree roots.
  • Pipelining – Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tupelo & Oxford resolves sewer line damage using this permanent solution to line and seal sewer pipes using a sleeve to eliminate water leakage. Pipelining is an effective solution and avoids trenching with no need to demolish any structures or walls.
  • Pipe Bursting – We offer this permanent solution that uses hydraulics to break apart existing pipes, whether they’re made of cast iron, PVC, or clay. Your new seamless pipe will be installed to solve your problem.
  • Maintenance – We recommend preventative maintenance to help you save time, money, and hassle. Our professional plumbers offer sewer and plumbing inspections, as well as drain cleaning services to prevent grease and other types of debris from building up inside your pipes. Sewer line maintenance can also prevent tree roots from wreaking havoc on pipes.
  • Rooter Work & Drain Cleaning – Our team of experts will start by punching through the tree roots before clearing out your sewer line and restoring its functionality. We will also check the extent of the tree root issues and make recommendations for permanent solutions.

Warning Signs of a Septic System Backup

The team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tupelo & Oxford is happy to answer any of your questions about how we repair sewer system backups, your home’s sewer backup prevention system, and your potential sewer backup prevention system cost. Your home’s septic tank can back up, creating problems beyond a backed-up sink or clogged toilet. Contacting our professional plumbers early on is critical, so we can fix your backup before a complete stoppage occurs, making you less likely to suffer from system-wide plumbing problems. We don’t recommend avoiding having your sewers cleaned out because you will likely end up with expensive damage or property contamination. Learn about some of the following septic system backup warning signs so you can contact us right away:

  • Black liquid accompanied by a foul odor in your toilets or drains
  • Toilets that flush or drain slowly
  • Foul odors in and around your home from septic system failure or incorrect ventilation
  • Multiple drains in your home running slowly
  • Noticeable green grass on the top of your septic system, even during a dry and hot summer
  • Algae or weeds growing in a pond near your house, sometimes due to septic water discharge
  • Bacteria growing in a well can be caused by septic system liquid contaminating drinking water through the ground
  • Wastewater that seeps from the ground near your home’s septic system and may have a foul odor

Schedule Sewer System Service Today

It might be easy to ignore drain problems, but we encourage you to contact us immediately so we can stop the problems in their tracks. Our team will effectively solve your sewer line issues to keep your home and property in tip-top shape. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tupelo & Oxford uses the latest and greatest technology to perform commercial and residential plumbing services, and our Advantage Plan® can help you save money while avoiding costly problems down the line. Contact us today to schedule service or request a job estimate.

FAQs About Sewer System Backups

How Do You Prevent a Sewage Backup?

Preventive plumbing services and plumbing maintenance are your best lines of defense against sewer system backups and sewer line issues. Routine plumbing inspections will uncover early warning signs of sewer line issues that could get bigger and more expensive over time. Hydro jetting services and drain cleaning services will remove buildup, debris, and other matter from your sewer line and reduce the risk of a clog or sewage backup. You can also take proactive measures to protect your sewer line, including:

  • Schedule routine inspections for buildup, cracks, damage, corrosion, breakage, and tree root intrusions.
  • Do not pour grease, fat, or oil down your drains.
  • If you don’t have a garbage disposal, don’t let food particles go down your drain.
  • If you do have a garbage disposal, don’t put coffee grounds, fruit or vegetable rinds or peels, egg shells, bones, or large food items down the disposal. Always run cold water continuously while using the disposal.
  • Do not flush anything other than toilet paper and waste down the toilet.
  • Install backflow valves or standpipes at lower-level drains.
  • Install a sump pump in your basement or crawl space.
  • Install a flood detection device in your basement or crawl space.
  • Don’t plant trees near your sewer line.
  • Control soil erosion around your sewer line.

Can You Get Sick From Breathing in Sewage?

Yes, you can experience negative health effects due to exposure to sewer gas, which is a mixture of toxic and nontoxic gasses like hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, methane, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxide. Sewage backup releases airborne gasses, and inhaling these gasses can cause health problems. Low concentrations of these gasses can cause fatigue, coughing, nausea, headaches, irritability, dizziness, cramping, vomiting, fever, gastroenteritis, memory and concentration problems, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Prolonged exposure or exposure to high levels of gasses can cause respiratory distress, loss of consciousness, coma, and death. Exposure to raw sewage can also cause health issues. Sewage contains high levels of unhealthy and dangerous bacteria and viruses that can transmit disease and cause illness, including gastrointestinal distress, skin rashes, and infection.

What Do You Do When a Sewage Backup Happens?

Call a professional immediately if you notice any early warning signs of a sewage backup. You may also need to call a water mitigation company and your homeowner's insurance company. Do not flush the toilets, and keep children and pets away from raw sewage and contaminated areas. If you need to touch anything affected by sewage, wear rubber gloves. If you think the backup was caused by a backup from your city sewer system, you should call your local municipal sewer department.

How Do You Clean After a Sewer System Backup?

Because raw sewage is so dangerous to your health, your risk of developing an illness increases the longer the sewage remains in contact with your home’s interiors. All porous surfaces and materials must be discarded or destroyed. The space must be completely dried to reduce the risk of mold, mildew growth, and water damage. Hiring a professional remediation company gives you the best chance at a complete, safe cleanup without risking your safety or damage to your home and belongings.

If you plan on cleaning up yourself, you should hire a remediation company to provide an initial assessment for your insurance company. Wear protective gear, including eyewear, gloves, and boots when doing any cleanup. Wear goggles when hosing off items and avoid direct contact with sewage material. After cleaning, wash your hands thoroughly and protect all cuts and scrapes from bacteria. Keep these rules in mind:

  • All standing water must be removed, and all solid waste must be collected and discarded.
  • You can use dehumidifiers and industrial fans to speed up the drying process.
  • Remove any carpeting, rugs, and vinyl wallpaper in affected areas.
  • Discard contaminated carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, cardboard, cosmetics, food, carpet pads, mattresses, pillows, medicine, medical supplies, toys, stuffed animals, and unfinished furniture.
  • All remaining affected areas should be washed with a detergent solution and air-dried.
  • When dry, a bactericidal solution of one part bleach and nine parts water should be applied. The solution should remain in place for 15-20 minutes and be allowed to air dry.

Can Heavy Rain Cause a Sewer Backup?

Yes. Heavy rains and storms can overload your city’s sewer system. This causes excess water and sewage to flow backward and end up in homes.

Who Do You Call for a Sewer Backup?

After a sewer backup, you should call the following companies or agencies:

  • Our team of professionals to find the backup's cause and repair your sewer line
  • Your municipal water pollution control authority
  • Your municipal department of environmental protection
  • Your local health department
  • A water remediation and cleanup company
  • Your homeowner's insurance company
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