Picture this. It’s a torrential downpour once again here in Colorado. Unfortunately, its been repeating the afternoon downpour for several days in a row. Your system simply can’t handle any more. So this new burst of rainwater overwhelms your home’s sewer system or your sump pump. You come home in the evening to raw sewage seeping up through your drains into your toilets, tubs, and even flooding your basement.

Its one of the worst nightmares a homeowner can face. This situation can easily run into the thousands of dollars for repair, impacting your floors, walls, furniture, personal items, structure, and even your health.Are You Covered For Sewer Backups?

Not to worry. A quick call to your insurance agent will get the ball rolling. You’ll be back to normal before you know it.

Or will you?

Many homeowners facing this very situation often find themselves in a bad position. In many cases, a sewer system backup is not covered under the standard homeowners insurance policy, and are not covered by flood insurance. Which means as a homeowner, you are now responsible for the entire clean up process all on your own.

Start by giving your insurance company a call today and see if you are covered if the above event happened to you. Its more common than you think here in Colorado – we see it happen every summer when the rains set in.

Now lets talk about your sewer line.

Most homeowners don’t realize they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the main sewer line – the pipe that runs from your house to the municipality’s sewer main usually located under the street. If any of that breaks, cracks, leaks, collapses, or deteriorates enough to cause problems, you are responsible for the repair.

The most common things that affect a sewer line are:

Aging sewer systems – more than half of our nations sewer lines are over 30 years old. Your system is more at risk the longer your subdivision has been in existence.

Combined pipelines – newer systems combine the sewage and drainage systems for storm water into the same line. During intense storms, these can quickly become overfilled, backing up into low lying areas, including your basement.

Landscaping – those big trees and bushes you love can always be the root of the problem. Shrubs and tree roots search for water, and the sewage line may be the perfect target.

Blockage – if a main is blocked by some outside force, it will cause the system behind it to backup too. If yours is in the path, it can quickly become your problem.

To prevent sewer line backups:

  • Dispose of grease, garbage, and other substances in the trash rather than your garbage disposal.
  • Use appropriate paper products – flushable wipes, paper towels, diapers, and feminine products should never be flushed.
  • Audit your pipes on a regular basis to look for problems that are in the beginning phase.
  • Install a backwater prevention valve. They can be installed into a sewer line in the basement of your home to prevent sewer backups.

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When you hear the word plumbing, chances are you think of the internal water system working throughout your home. But in reality, plumbing is a whole lot more.

The entire water system – from drinking water to waste water – is an intricate system that gives us our modern day society. Pipes? Water mains? Sewer systems? Sewage treatment plants? Yes, the entire process is built to control millions of gallons of water and waste every day.The Plumbing System – Beyond Your Home

Along the way we add chemicals at every single stage of the process to create an ecosystem that allows us to live in a healthy way. Or in some cases, maybe a not so healthy way. We add chlorine to disinfect our water supply. When people dump antibiotics down the toilet, it impacts what we drink. Metals may be throughout the system both protecting the pipes and in some cases eating away at the design.

And of course it also comes down to the sewage treatment plants and the bacteria that is formed to break down our waste and keep the entire process running day in and day out.

Our current system was designed and created decades ago. While we update and fix things along the way, we’re also reaching a turning point in our current modern day systems.

Think of our sewage pipes as the veins of our cities; the drinking water pipes are the arteries. To have a complete system, both must be kept at optimal levels all the time. Yet both are currently in trouble.

Because of age, the sewage pipes are currently experiencing an unanticipated level of corrosion. And its mainly because of bacteria in the system.

One set of microbes in the system emits hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives raw sewage its unpleasant smell. This gas fills the empty space between the pipe and the water flow.

Another set of microbes lives in the headspace and turns the hydrogen sulfide into sulfuric acid, which eats away at the concrete and produces a powdery material called gypsum – similar to what you would find in drywall.

As this occurs over time, the pipes get weaker and weaker – think of wet drywall throughout the system.

This is what is currently happening throughout our systems. And its something that is currently being addressed right now.

Many solutions are being used and tested right here in the communities we live in. One solution involves replacing all pipes with a plastic alternative. One solution is a new type of concrete that can be sprayed on the inside of existing pipes, introducing small amounts of charcoal and bacteria killing metals into the system. Think of it as introducing good bacteria into the system to counter the bad acting bacteria, neutralizing they process.

In either case, it is something we need to take seriously as we enter the coming years. We can’t continue to fool ourselves into thinking our drinking water is sterile. It has its problems and if we don’t do things now to prevent further disruption, it could be a problem each of us has to deal with in our homes in the very near future.

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One of the most important aspects of home maintenance, yet oftentimes overlooked, are sewer lines. Clogged sewer lines can lead to major repairs that can be extremely inconvenient and expensive. At its very early symptoms, find out if your sewer is clogged to avoid damage and repair costs. Here are a few tips on how to determine a clogged sewer:Is Your Sewer Clogged?

Plumbing facilities within the house such as faucets, drains, pipes, toilets, and tubs that are not functioning properly are clear signs that your main sewer line may be clogged. Observe how water drains in the bathroom sink. Run the faucet a few minutes and observe if water drain down smoothly. If water backs up from the sink hole or if water drains quite slowly, then it may be an indication of a clogged sewer.

A clear indication that the main sewer line of your house is clogged is when several plumbing features are not working properly. For instance, the bathtub draining slowly or the kitchen sink clogging up could be signs that the main sewer line is not working properly.

Another sign that the sewer is clogged is when water backs up in other plumbing facilities when you flush the toilet. For instance, water backing up in the shower drain or bathtub drain when flushing the toilet could mean that the sewer is clogged.

Drains that are installed in the ground may also have leaks or may be broken causing water to back up in indoor plumbing facilities. Determining where the sewer line is installed outside the house and investigating whether there are trees, obstructions, or leaks near the sewer line can help you determine a broken sewer line that needs repair. Broken sewer lines can also be determined if you observed a strange or foul odor coming from plumbing facilities inside and outside of the home.

Knowing how to tell if a sewer is clogged adds convenience to maintaining and running a household, it can also save plenty of time and money once these symptoms are detected earlier on.

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When you are faced with serious sewer problems, your first step should be to contact a professional plumber. He will be able to tell you exactly what the problem is, as well as the solutions. There are many reasons why your sewer system could need repairs that go beyond plunging and snaking.

  • A severe build-up of grease or a foreign object that causes such an obstruction that waste cannot flow.
  • A section of pipe that has sunk lower than the rest of the pipe, creating a “belly” where waste collects until the pipe is obstructed.
  • Cracked, broken, and/or collapsed pipe due to age, freezing ground temperatures, etc.
  • Leaking pipes that allow waste water to escape the pipe and leach into the ground.
  • Complete obstruction by large tree roots.

Does Sewer Repair Mean Digging Up My Lawn?If your sewer system has one or more of these problems, you may be pulling your hair out in frustration at the thought of digging up your lawn. No one wants to deal with that hassle – and the resulting mess!

The fact is that you have two options for major sewer repairs. The first is, of course, digging up your lawn and the area of pipe that needs replaced. A backhoe is used to dig up the trench, the pipe is repaired, and the backhoe is used again to fill in the trench. It falls on your shoulders to replace the sod to make your lawn look beautiful again.

The second option is known as trenchless repair. This method involves much less damage to your lawn. Access points at the two ends of the damaged area are created. Through these access points, new pipe is pulled through the existing, old pipe. As the new pipe is pulled through, it causes the old pipe to burst. The new pipe is attached to the rest of the sewer system, the access holes are filled back in, and you still have your beautiful lawn.

Your professional plumber will help you choose the best method for your particular sewer problem.

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Toilet Paper Advice For A Healthy Plumbing System

When you flush your toilet, you expect it to work properly. The last thing you want to see is the water rising and overflowing.

However, clogged toilets happen all the time – and they often happen because of a clog formed by toilet paper. Using the wrong kind of toilet paper can be harmful to your plumbing, especially if you have a septic tank. It can lead to clogged pipes, which result in big messes for you to clean. Keep the following tips in mind when choosing toilet paper.

Thick and soft toilet paper may be better for you, but it is not better for your plumbing. The thicker and softer the paper is, the harder it is for it to break down. Over time, thick, soft toilet paper can lead to a big clog. Read more

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Buying a home is a huge endeavor. Not only must you acquire financing for your home, you must make sure the house you want passes various inspections. When it comes to inspections, you may think that having the roof, foundation and basic plumbing is enough – it is not enough. One important aspect that potential homeowners often neglect to inspect is the sewer.

The sewer is a vital part of any home. It is the system through which all wastewater exits your home’s plumbing system. If the sewer of a home fails in any way, it can quickly become a disastrous and expensive situation. In some cases, sewer pipes wind up having to be excavated from the ground and replaced. Before you ever purchase a home, make sure you hire a professional to come in and inspect the sewer. Read more

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Sewer problems can quickly turn your blissful day into a nightmare. When the toilet doesn’t flush or the sink doesn’t drain, you know that there is a problem.

Knowing that there is a problem is easy enough; actually pinpointing the problem can be a challenge.

Even if you have a fairly good idea of where the issue lies, such as a clog, it can be hard to even get to the clog. This is why you need to know the location of your sewer line clean out.
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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

If you have ever walked into your basement and you were confronted with the aroma of a sewer, panic probably sets in. How do you determine where the smell is coming from and what it is?

There are several common culprits to look for when this occurs.

The two most common areas of the sewer smell are the laundry room and the bathroom. Choose an area to inspect to start eliminating the reason for the smell in your home. Any floor drains that do not have water traps or a cleanout plug in them allow sewer gas to come up through the drain. Water evaporates from not using the drain, which is a common problem. The simple solution is to add water to replenish the trap and eliminate the smell in your basement. If there is no cleanout plug, add one and the sewer gas will not be able to enter your home any longer.
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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

A septic tank is a sewage-treatment system that is quite common in areas not connected to the main sewer line. While urban areas have a sewage system in place, many rural communities rely on separate septic tanks for each property.

Maintaining your septic tank requires more than unclogging a drain when things back up. Because your septic tank is vital to keeping your home safe and secure, regular maintenance is crucial to avoid problems down the road.

The most basic maintenance, which is draining the septic tank, should occur approximately every four years, depending on usage. This prevents buildup of sludge and grease and keeps leakage from seeping into your drain field. This simple procedure is low cost to you and easy for the professional with the right equipment. Read more

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

When your sewer backs up, it can leave a horrendous mess for you to clean up. The sewage that enters your home and/or your yard can contain harmful bacteria. It is a mess that must be dealt with and it must be dealt with in a timely manner. The longer you leave sewage to sit, the more risk you are taking with your health and the health of your family. Knowing how to clean up after your sewer backs up can help prevent any potential problems.

Put on safety equipment before cleaning up the sewage. This can include rubber gloves, rubber boots, rubber coat, and a face shield. It is important to protect your body from the accidental splash of sewage.

Make sure all of the utilities to your home are shut off if the sewage has backed up into your home. This includes gas and electricity. Appliances and outlets could be affected by the sewage, so have your local providers turn the utilities off until the problem is resolved.

Remove any standing water with a pump or a wet/dry vacuum. Once the water is gone, you can begin sorting items into two piles – keep and toss. Your “keep” pile is for items that can be cleaned and used again. The “toss” pile is for items that must go to the garbage, such as carpeting and toys. Read more

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

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