Water damage repair is an expected inconvenience if Santa Cruz is subjected to serious flooding conditions, but it is not something that a person would foresee on any normal day. Unfortunately, water damage often occurs in homes due to mechanical problems. In fact, this is a more common occurrence than weather-related flooding. Among the issues that can occur, resulting in a mess of excess moisture is toilet backup.
There are many potential causes of toilet backup, including sewer failure, septic overflow, clogs, cracks, breaks, and encumbrances. In order to understand these complications better and to make the proper repairs to fix the problem, there are a few matters which must be discussed.
Small Pumps and Inadequate Sewage Plants As areas grow and new houses are built up around the existing ones, there can be an unforeseen issue. If the sewer or the pumps meant for carrying the waste water are suddenly inadequate for carrying an increased flow, homeowners can find themselves with small ponds where their bathrooms used to be. Even if the sizes are acceptable, if the system is not being properly maintained, clogs, cracks, or other problems can arise. Often small towns and cities are not well enough funded to manage proper maintenance, so problems get out of hand and toilet backup is an issue faced by many.
Popped Pipes At times it is just one home that has trouble and this can often be a result of damaged piping. Very often this occurs because of tree roots growing into the buried pipes. However, there are many reasons that they can be cracked. In the past, construction crews have unknowingly damaged sewer pipes. Sometimes it is just nature coming into play. If the ground shifts unevenly, the connections between pipes can fail.
Septic Systems Stall If the property relies on a septic tank instead of sewer and the homeowners do not have it pumped regularly or fail to have necessary repairs made, then problems are sure to arise. Septic system backup comes with many potential red flags, including slow drains, sewer gas smell, and water logged yards. These issues, in fact, are likely to occur before toilet backup, which means that the homeowners can avoid the indoor mess.
Close to Home Toilet backup is not always the result of the sewer system or septic tank failure. The problem can be much closer to home. When the wrong materials are flushed, they can quickly clog or damage pipes. Insoluable paper products, for instance, often result in clogged toilets. While most toilet papers are septic and sewer safe, if someone in the house is flushing other paper products such as paper towels, baby wipes, feminine products, or even facial tissues on a regular basis, backup is likely. Some feminine products claim to have applicators that are ‘flushable’. This is not recommended as the septic and sewer systems can have difficulty with the excess waste that breaks down far more slowly that toilet paper would. In other instances it is general childhood curiosity that leads to problems. Has the toilet become a point of interest for a child in the home? Accidental (or intentional) flushing of solid objects can block the drainage of the toilet causing backup. It might be possible to plunge or snake the toilet if it is a minor blockage causing the disturbance.
Clean Up Septic backup will have to be handled by the professionals. They can come in, diagnose the problem, pump the tank, and repair any defects. Depending on where the problem occurs within the sewer system, the city, town, homeowners association, or homeowner may be responsible for the repair. Regardless of where the blame is to be placed, this is a task best handled by the pros. If your Capitola, CA home is impacted by toilet back up, call for professional water extraction assistance. This can ensure that the water damage is kept to a minimum and potential mold growth is thwarted (as long as it is taken care of quickly).
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