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There are a lot of things that can cause your sewage system to back-up, and not all of them can be avoided. Unlike normal water leaks or flooding, sewage back-ups can seriously affect your health and the health of anyone exposed to raw sewage. Below is an overview of some of the health risks associated with raw sewage and why you should contact an emergency plumber the minute your sewage system backs-up.
Gastrointestinal (GI) disease is caused by the accidental ingestion of raw sewage via improperly cleaned hands or food preparation surfaces. The symptoms of GI disease include cramping stomach pains, diarrhea, and vomiting. To avoid contaminating the rest of your house, seal off your bathrooms until an emergency plumber can fix the back-up.
Human waste is not the only waste found in raw sewage. Because rat’s often live in the sewer lines below your home, rat urine can be present in raw sewage back-ups. Of the many diseases transmitted by rat urine, Weil’s disease is one of the most dangerous. This disease is characterized by liver and kidney damage. If not treated, Weil’s disease can be fatal.
Skin Infections and Rashes
Handling contaminated materials or exposing your skin to raw sewage can lead to painful skin infections and rashes. Raw sewage can also cause infections in the eyes and sinus cavities. Never attempt to clean up raw sewage without adequate protection, including rubber gloves, eyewear, pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and a breathing apparatus (if possible).
Raw sewage in your home can’t wait until normal business to address. Thankfully, Reliance Plumbing offers 24-hour emergency plumbing services throughout the North Shore and Northwest Chicagoland suburbs. To learn why our plumbers are some of the most trusted in Chicago, call Reliance Plumbing at (773) 467-7842.
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Few things are as costly as a flooded basement. Basement flooding is often caused by heavy rainstorms or sewer backups related to plugged or broken service lines. Whatever the cause, a flooded basement can be hard to cleanup. Fortunately, there are numerous options available to help you avoid this expensive problem. Here is a look at some of your basement floodproofing options, many of which can be installed by your plumber.
If your basement is without a sump pump, you are at a greater risk of flooding. This small pump is typically installed in specially constructed sump pits, though it can also sit at the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace. The sump pump’s job is simple: to pump water out of the basement and away from your home so the basement stays dry.
Floor Drain Plug
To stop a sewer backup, plug the opening where it first occurs. Because your basement’s floor drain is the lowest opening in the house, a sewage backup will first occur at this location. To make sure that water is not trapped above the floor drain, look for a drain plug with a float. These allow water to drain out of the floor drain but will stop water from coming back up the pipe.
An alternative to floor drain plugs, standpipes are essentially a “donut” with metal end pieces and a rubber gasket in the middle. The standpipe is placed in the floor drain. When the sewer backs up, the water will stay in the standpipe instead of spilling out into the basement. If not properly installed by a plumber, water pressure in the drain pipe can build up and blow a standpipe out of the floor drain.
For plumbing service you can rely on, call Reliance Plumbing. We offer free plumbing estimated during business hours, so we can help you decide which basement flood-proofing option is right for your home. No matter how big or small your plumbing emergency is, Reliance Plumbing can help. To learn more about our plumbing services, call us at (773) 467-7842.
Last updated 9 days ago
If your sewer line springs a leak or develops a blockage, it can very time consuming to fix. Fortunately, there is a way that you can avoid these and other sewer problems and keep your home’s plumbing system in tip-top shape. By scheduling a sewer line inspection, your plumbing company will be able to determine the condition of your sewer system and make any needed repairs before a much bigger problem develops. To learn more about the importance of sewer line inspections, watch this video clip from Angie’s List.
If you want to make sure that your home’s sewer system is in good shape, schedule an inspection with Reliance Plumbing. We have served the North Shore and Northwest Chicagoland communities for over 35 years. To learn more about our residential and commercial plumbing services, contact us online or call us at (773) 467-7842.
Last updated 10 days ago
If you’re expecting family and friends over the holiday season, you better start thinking about maintaining your home’s plumbing. Between the amounts of cooking waste you’ll dump down the drain to the increased number of bathroom guests, your home’s plumbing system will be under considerable strain during the holidays. To make sure that you don’t have to deal with a plumbing disaster in the coming weeks, here are a few tips on how to maintain your plumbing during the holiday season.
Keep a Plunger Nearby
One of the more likely plumbing problems you will incur over the holidays is a clogged toilet. Keep a plunger near each toilet in your home so you or your guests can attempt to quickly fix a stubborn commode. You may also want to invest in a drain auger for more stubborn clogs, although be warned that you may scratch your porcelain or ceramic toilet if not handled properly.
Remind Your Guests of the “No-Flush” Rules
There are certain items that should never be flushed down the toilet. Although you may be embarrassed to do so, you should remind your guests of what they can and cannot flush down the toilet. After all, it’s your plumbing (and hard earned money) that’s on the line. Remind your guests to throw away paper towels and baby wipes instead of flushing them. The same goes for feminine hygiene products, hair, and food.
Properly Dispose of Cooking Deposits
Oil, grease, and fatty cooking deposits should never be tossed down the sink. These deposits can harden in the pipes, trapping food and other debris until a serious clog develops. Instead of rinsing these cooking deposits down the drain, store them in a plastic bag and throw them in the trash. It’s more work, but your pipes will thank you.
The last thing you should have to deal with during the holidays is a plumbing emergency. Fortunately, you don’t have to! The expert plumbers at Reliance Plumbing are available 24-hours a day for plumbing emergencies throughout the North Shore and Northwest Chicagoland suburbs. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our residential and commercial plumbing services, call us at (773) 467-7842.
Last updated 17 days ago
Kitchen cooking grease is one of the leading causes of sewer problems and plumbing backups. When kitchen grease is placed down the drain or the toilet, it is likely to cause a major sewer emergency. To ensure that your home plumbing remains in proper working condition, it is vital to practice proper grease disposal methods. Here is an overview of how to properly dispose of your household grease.
Dangers of Kitchen Grease
While kitchen grease may seem as if it will travel easily down your drain, it can actually cause major damage to your home’s plumbing system. When you pour hot, liquid grease down the drain, it will quickly cool and solidify. Once the grease becomes solid, it will create a major clog in your pipes and sewer system. Over a period of time, grease can continue to build up until the pipe is totally clogged. Grease clogs can cause wastewater and raw sewage to back up into your home. Contact with untreated wastewater is a serious health concern and a major plumbing emergency.
How to Dispose of Your Kitchen Grease
To prevent the clogs and backups that are associated with kitchen grease, it is important to practice proper grease disposal methods. Rather than placing your grease down the drain, you should dispose of all grease in the trash can. To conveniently dispose of your grease, you can pour the heated grease into a disposable, sealable container. Once the container has been filled and sealed, it can easily go into your trash.
At Reliance Plumbing, our expert plumbers can help you care for your home plumbing and sewer system. We provide our many satisfied customers with a full range of home and commercial plumbing services. Call our Northbrook location at (773) 467-7842 to learn more about our plumbing, water heater, and sump ejector pump services.