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How Sewage can Back up into your Parkville Carney Basement.

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

How Sewage can back up into your Parkville MD Basement

A Sewage back up is when waste water or ‘black water’ reverses back into your home, exiting through pipes, toilets, bathtubs and sinks.  ‘Black water’, contains untreated sewage, chemicals, microbes, viruses and bacteria.

Sewage back-ups are very common in the Parkville, Carney, Overlea area and are a complete (and dangerous) nightmare.  Sewage back-ups are grossly hazardous, can damage your home and put your family at risk for multiple symptoms, from serious illness to death.

If this is happening to you now, please call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh 410-529-1664 and we will assist you in finding a plumber and getting clean up started right away. Keep pets and children away from the affected area and stop the flow of black water if you are able to. Once you have the situation under control and services are on the way, we can continue on with how sewage may have gotten there in the first place.

How can sewage enter your Parkville Carney home? There a few common causes:

Toilet Clogging

Use your toilet for its designated purpose. Foreign objects such as diapers, needles, sanitary pads and paper towels can clog the line and cause a sewage back up.

Improper use of Garbage Disposal

Be careful with using your garbage disposal and avoid dumping large quantities of anything- It can get lodged within your sewer line and cause a sewage back-up.

Improper disposal of Grease down a Drain

Pouring grease down the drain can also cause clogging, as grease and fat can harden within your plumbing and cause a sewage back up over time.

Tree Roots

Tree roots can grow into pipes causing holes, blockages, or even wrap around and crush the pipes that take the waste water away from your house, and will cause the water to flow back in as black water.

Broken or Collapsed Sewer Lines

Older homes with cast iron and clay piping are more prone to back-ups than newer homes, where plastic piping has become typical. The older piping can wear down over time and even break.

Storm Water Overwhelming ‘Sanitary’ (More Commonly Known as Sewer) Lines

Heavy rain fall overwhelm sewers and cause recirculation also known as “back flow” which can cause dramatic damage. If this happens to be the cause, stay out of the area until SERVPRO arrives as the sewage will be overwhelming and likely will be continuous until storm stops.

Remember, if you discover a sewer back-up within your home, identify the source of the back-up and call your local clean-up services immediately.


SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh is a fire & water damage restoration company, we clean commercial and residential properties who have experienced fire, water, mold and sewage damage. We have an A+ Rating by the Better Business Bureau. We are located in Rosedale, just minutes away from white marsh and Perry Hall, we service Perry Hall, White Marsh, Parkville, Rosedale, Nottingham, Carney, Overlea, Fullerton, Kingsville and anywhere we are called within 20 miles.


Our Certifications: IICRC Standard

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