Drain backups can be incredibly costly and dangerous to your health if not taken care of properly. New Canadian Drain is here to help. We want to let you know the proper steps to take in case of a backup so that you and your home stay safe. No matter what, this is a job for a professional. We’re here to help with drain backup in Toronto.
What is a Backup?
A drain backup happens when something is blocking one of the sewer mains. If the waste from your house can’t escape to the city sewer system, it will begin to back up. It’s just like running water into a glass; eventually it will have no choice but to overflow. These blockages can be caused by a number of things. From misaligned joints to collapsed pipes, all kinds of things can throw a wrench in a plumbing system.
Recognizing the Problem
In order to take steps to solve a backup, you need to recognize that that’s what you’re dealing with. A backup might look, at first, like your drain has stopped working. It can be easy to mistake for a clog if you’ve recently been running clean water down the drain. This can happen if you’ve been showering or washing dishes. However, if this pooling is happening out of the blue, you should treat it as a backup to be safe. If the contents coming back up your drain is clearly sewage, you can be certain that it’s a backup and should proceed to the next step.
If your drain begins to back up, you’ll need to take action immediately. The first thing you need to do is turn off any running water in your house. Adding more water to the problem will just make the backup worse and raise the risk of damage. Once the water is off, pick up the phone and call a professional. New Canadian Drain has 24 hour emergency services. No matter what time of day your drain starts to back up, we’ll be ready to help.
When you’ve gotten a hold of a professional, it’s time to have the problem assessed. Your plumber will be able to find the source of the problem and will take steps to fix it immediately.
The most important thing for you to do from that point forward is to ensure any messes have been cleaned properly. Because backups can output sewage or bacteria from grey water, it’s important to clean up. Once all standing water and sediment is removed from the afflicted area, things should be cleaned with bleach. Using half a tablespoon of bleach for each gallon of water will do the trick. Scrub down any surface that made contact with backup waste with this mixture. This will sanitize your surfaces and ensure your safety.
Give us a call if you need help with a backup in the Toronto area. New Canadian Drain is ready anytime to send a professional your way.