Sewage backup is one of the worst issues a homeowner can experience. This is a nasty emergency for many reasons and can cause health issues to boot! Not only is clean up disgusting, but the germs and bacteria found in sewage is toxic to humans and animals. It’s also a huge project to clean up. To keep a sewer backup from happening in your home, keep an eye out for these potential warning signs, calling a professional immediately at the first sign!

Signs of Sewer Backup to Watch For:

Clogged Drains. If you notice drains are slow to get rid of water, it could be a sign of a larger problem, more than just a clog. If a plunger doesn’t do the trick or if more than one drain is clogged, a sewer back up could be close behind. A professional plumber will be able to identify the problem and fix the issue.

Strange smells and odors. If you notice a drain omitting weird smells and foul odors, it’s time to consider the possibility of a plumbing problem. Try running hot water down the drain with a few drops of lemon juice. If this does not solve the issue, a plumber may be necessary.

Noticeable increase of insect activity. Most homes experience some level of insect activity. There are types of insects however that thrive in the bacteria found in sewage. If you notice insects like palmetto bugs, flies, and cockroaches increasing in popularity in your home or yard – a sewage problem is probably close behind. Besides from insects being gross on their own, a sewer leak will increase the problem exponentially. An exterminator and a plumber should look at these problems and take action accordingly.

Marshy wet patches or lush grass growing in your backyard. Have you noticed unusual landscape growth?  This may be a sign that you may be dealing with pipe failure. If gone untreated, the bacteria in the sewage will eventually lead to ruin in your garden and lawn.

Contact A&J today for water damage clean up emergencies and services by A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI of Madison, Sun Prairie, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, WisconsinIf you experience any of these symptoms in the Madison or Milwaukee Wisconsin areas, A&J Property Restoration’s sewage services are here to take care of the issue. Our three decades of experience give us the knowledge needed to handle any type of sewer damage in your home. Call us today and let us help you get your home back to normal.