Is Spring Rain Causing Sewage Backup? What to do Now?

Spring is right around the corner, and along with it comes unexpected rainstorms. If sudden rains and storms weren’t bad enough, homeowners often have to deal with sewage backup, which can lead to water waste in basements and garages.

Have you faced this issue previously?

A faulty home sewer system may cause backups, and if you are facing this issue, then you should not delay, contact a construction expert today. More often than not, though, the backlog is caused when the city’s municipal drainage system overflows, usually as a result of large quantities of groundwater.

Problems caused by a backlog

Not only does sewer backlog cause a mess in the house, but it also brings with it additional problems, including:

  • Mold Formation, which may require extensive cleanup
  • Sewage bacteria in the home, which may lead to health issues.
  • Electrical malfunctioning from water damages
  • Walls, Carpets, or personal belongings getting damaged.


Don’t panic just yet; there are measures you can take to prevent the sewer from backing up.

  • Look into installing a mainline backwater valve in your sewer line. These valves automatically close off the mainline in case of sewer backups.
  • Consider installing a sump pump. It directs the water away from your basement and home.
  • You could install water sensors in specific areas like the basement, laundry room, bathroom, etc. These sensors inform you when the water levels are above the ordinary in that area. These are low-priced yet highly effective. Getting alerted as soon as the problem starts allows adequate time for response, and settling the issue before a backlog occurs is possible.

  • Make sure your sewer isn’t blocked; do not pour grease down the drain or throw garbage into sinks and toilets.
  • Avoiding running water excessively during heavy rainfall is an efficient way to prevent the sewer line from overflowing with water. You should use as little water as possible.
  • Don’t forget to check and test your pumps every spring.
  • You could also invest in an in-pipe check valve, which prevents water from backing into the basement. But do remember that it does not restrict water from backing up in washbasins, showers, etc.

All in all, regular maintenance of your home plumbing can prevent sewer line backups caused by heavy rains. And with spring almost upon us, protecting your home against sewage flooding is of utmost importance.