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What to Do in the Event of a Sewer Line Backup January 6, 2020

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What to Do in the Event of a Sewer Line Backup, Watertown, Connecticut

Clogged drains are frustrating. But when a minor clog causes a sewer line backup, you’ll have an even bigger problem on your hands. Depending on the severity of the situation, it can also be dangerous. In both minor and major situations, knowing what to do is crucial to protect your home and your family. Here’s what you should know. 

Handling a Minor Clogged Drain

When the clog is minor, you might experience a few issues, including pipes that are slow to drain, basins that overflow, or foul smells coming from the drain (depending on where the pipe leads to). In these cases, the key is to focus on removing the obstruction—not trying to destroy it.

clogged drainUsing harsh chemicals to break down whatever is causing the backup will only lead to pipe deterioration and damage to your septic tank. Instead, focus on trying to safely remove the object with either a plunger or a plumbing snake. If you’re unsuccessful, don’t continue to force the issue, as you may shove the obstruction further into the pipes. Instead, contact a plumber for assistance.  

Dealing With Major Sewer Line Backups

In severe cases, the backup may cause the pipes to spill sewage over into your home. Not only does this pose a risk of damage to your floors and belongings, but it also puts your family in danger of hazardous exposure.

In the event of a sewage flood, focus on shutting off the water—this will keep the backup from continuing to overflow. Once the water is turned off, shut off the electricity, as well. This will ensure no one is at risk of electrocution or fires. 

Once all lines are shut off, exit the home and contact a plumber for emergency assistance. In these cases, handling the backup yourself is dangerous, as most homeowners don’t have the necessary equipment needed to protect against waste exposure. 


Whether you’re dealing with a minor clogged drain or a major sewer backup, the professionals at American Rooter are here to assist. For over 20 years, they have provided residents of Connecticut and Rhode Island with top-quality repairs, cleanings, and emergency services. Call (888) 863-4638 to schedule an appointment, and visit them online to learn more about their services. 

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