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Why Sewer Lines Can Back Up in the Winter

A sewer backup can create a health risk, so it’s important to understand how sewer backups occur and learn how to prevent them. This is especially important in the winter because the cold temperatures make sewer backups more likely. In today’s post, Optima Home Inspections, the top home inspection company in our local area, explains why sewer lines can back up in the winter and also outlines some preventative tips.

Why Sewer Lines Can Back Up in the Winter

How Winter Can Increase the Risk of a Sewer Backup

Temperature fluctuations in the winter can create a lot of problems for sewer pipes. For example, when warmer temperatures cause snow to melt, the melted snow gathers near the drain and around the pipes. Unfortunately, the cold ground then causes this snow melt to freeze again, leading to frozen pipes and blockages.

Signs of a Sewer Backup

Most of the indicators of a sewer backup are either hidden within the structure of your home or underground. Still, you need to keep an eye out for the warning signs you can see so you know when to call an expert. These signs include slow draining tubs, sinks and showers, gurgling noises when you flush the toilet and foul odors emanating from the drains. Fortunately, we’re not just a roof replacement company; we provide sewer line inspection services as well. Give us a call immediately if you suspect that you have a sewer line backup.

Tips to Prevent a Sewer Line Backup

You can prevent your sewer vent from freezing by installing additional insulation. Working with a sewer professional to winter-proof your plumbing is also a smart idea. In addition, we suggest regularly clearing the snow off the top of your sewer vents. Snow can create a vent blockage, causing sewer gas to be released into your home. To prevent blockages, always properly dispose of grease, and never flush items down your toilet.

Optima Home Inspections provides high-quality sewer line inspection services to our customers. Our professionals use state-of-the-art equipment to quickly and reliably assess the condition of the sewer line and locate damaged and deteriorating pipes. We can also provide a professional energy audit, inspect for termites, perform radon testing and more. Call us at (845) 849-1369 to learn more about our services or to schedule an inspection.