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    How to Handle a Sewage Backup

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Raw sewage poses a health risk to your family and your pets. If you believe you are experiencing sewer troubles, following the proper steps will minimize your exposure and the damage sewage causes to your home.

    Don’t use toilets, showers, bathtubs, sink taps, dishwashers, washing machines, or other appliances that use water if you suspect a sewer backup. If raw sewage enters your home, don’t try to clean it up yourself. Bacteria, parasites, and viruses can invade the body through open wounds or if you don’t wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw sewage. Call a plumber immediately to handle the problem and explain your situation. Provide as much detail about the situation as possible. The sooner the sewer problem is addressed, the less damage and disruption you will experience.

    Are you having sewer troubles? Call the experienced plumbers of O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 973-3582. We will make sure the job is done right the first time, every time. You can find more helpful information about sewage backups and other plumbing troubles on our website.

    The Dangers of Sewage Backup

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When sewers become clogged, raw sewage can flow back up the line into your home. Sewage backups not only damage your property, they pose a health hazard as well. If you encounter sewage issues, contact an experienced sewer plumber to handle the issue immediately.

    Health Hazards of Raw Sewage

    The sewage that backs up into your home from your sewer is untreated wastewater. It contains waste and anything else that has been flushed down your toilet or drains. The odor from sewage can cause asthma attacks or aggravate symptoms in those with allergies. Additionally, sewage is home to a large number of viruses, parasites, and bacteria that cause disease in humans and animals. These microorganisms can easily enter the body through the eyes, nose, mouth, or any open cuts or wounds on the skin. Among the most prevalent bacteria are E. coli and salmonella, which cause fever, cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. The giardia parasite causes similar gastrointestinal distress. Viruses such as hepatitis A and hepatitis B can cause chronic infection and damage the liver.

    Water Damage Caused by Sewage

    If not handled immediately, sewage overflow can cause long-lasting water damage to your home. Walls, ceilings, and other structural supports that have been soaked in water become weakened, leading to a risk of collapse. Long-term exposure to moisture can also invite mold and mildew, which spread quickly and cause further damage to carpet, paper, furnishings, and drywall. Mold spores released into the air can have additional health effects, including irritation of the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat.

    At O’Neill Plumbing, our plumbers know how to handle sewer and sewage problems. Our state-of-the-art fiber-optic cameras allow us to quickly diagnose and address sewage overflow and other issues. Call us at (206) 973-3582 for fast, professional sewer cleaning in Seattle at any time of the night or day. Visit our website to learn more about how to handle sewer and plumbing issues to minimize the risk to you and your family.

    Sewage Backup Affects the Whole Neighborhood

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Sewer problems can cause raw sewage to back up into your home or onto your property. Because sewers run beneath the streets of your neighborhood, problems can affect many homes at once.

    This video explains that sewage backup can damage property and pose a health hazard to those in the area. Clearing the sewer of blockage and cleaning the sewage may be sufficient to handle the issue. However, in other cases the pipes must be replaced to prevent future backups.

    Don’t let sewage affect your home or your neighborhood. If you are experiencing sewer problems, call O’Neill Plumbing of Seattle today at (206) 973-3582. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you handle sewer and other plumbing problems. Click on our website to learn more about our dedication to delivering quality plumbing service.

    Identifying the Signs of a Home Drainage Problem

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A home drainage problem results in water pooling in or around your home, damaging its structure and façade. Identifying the early signs of a home drainage issue will help you to prevent these problems before they occur. If you aren’t sure how to solve your problem or whether drainage is really the issue, call a plumber for assistance.

    Overflowing Gutters and Drainpipes

    Your home’s gutters and drainpipes are designed to move water away from your home to keep it from seeping into your foundation. Overflowing gutters and drainpipes that deposit water too close to your home damage your foundation, roof, and siding. Gutters that overflow from the sides and puddles around the base of your home after a rainstorm are a sure sign of a drainage problem. Dark streaks on the outside of your gutters or under your eaves and paint peeling in vertical streaks from your home also indicate the need to address your gutters and drainpipes.

    Basement Damage

    Water can enter your basement during a rainstorm or when local water levels rise if you are in an area with a fluctuating water table. Damage to your basement walls, including water stains, black marks, and peeling or flaking paint indicates that the walls have encountered flowing water. Adding a sump pump or drainage trench around your home will prevent further damage to your basement and future damage to your foundation.

    Changing Landscaping

    If the area around your home is experiencing poor drainage, you may notice changes in your landscaping. Mulch, stone, and other landscaping material can move outward over time as it is carried away from your home by runoff. Flowing water may form troughs, gulleys, or piles as it carries landscaping material onto pathways and into your yard when it rains.

    Do you need help with home drainage or any other plumbing issue? O’Neill Plumbing has been proudly serving the Seattle area since 1917 with quality plumbing services. Call us at (206) 973-3582 or click on our website to learn more about repiping, sewer cleaning, and water heater replacement.

    Foods to Leave Out of Your Garbage Disposal

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Garbage disposals make kitchen cleanup much simpler, and when used correctly they can safely shred food scraps and keep them from rotting and causing unpleasant odors in your kitchen. However, these appliances are not capable of disposing of every single type of food waste that you create in your kitchen.

    Certain foods can clog your garbage disposal, potentially causing messy drain backups. Do not attempt to shred fibrous vegetable scraps such as celery stalks, carrot and potato peelings, or asparagus stems. Never put rice or pasta in the disposal, as these starchy foods can become lodged in the drain, where they will absorb water and expand. You should also keep fat, grease, and used cooking oil out of the disposal because they can coat the inside of your pipes and cause clogs.

    If your garbage disposal becomes jammed or your drain backs up, you can call O’Neill Plumbing at (206) 973-3582. We provide Seattle homeowners and property owners with complete plumbing service, 24 hours a day.

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