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How Spring Can Cause Sewer Backup Problems

Sewer Backup ProblemThe winter season may seem to be the riskiest time for a flooded basement due to piling and melting snow, and frozen and defrosting pipes. Unfortunately, spring sewer backups can also happen due to seasonal rain and thawing after winter. Since the ground is too saturated or frozen to absorb the water from the rainy season, the water can flow down into your foundation wall and into your basement. Cleaning up a flooded basement is not an enjoyable task, and the longer water sits in that dark, mould-susceptible space, the riskier the clean-up process is. Here are some additional problems caused by spring flooding and how the disaster can be avoided or remedied.

Additional Problems Caused by Spring Flooding

When sump pumps are in good working condition, they can help filter water out of your basement. Unfortunately, if there are issues with the sump pump, you can experience serious water damage. For instance, if the sump pump is old, overused, contains debris in the basin, has a failed “check” valve, or has a clogged weep hole or filter, it will be unable to function as it should.

Municipal infrastructure malfunctions can also lead to flooding. If excess storm water enters the sanitary sewer system, which is designed to remove waste water from your home (i.e. sinks, toilets, drains, etc.), the water can overload the system, sending it right back into your home. Other factors that can cause spring flooding include:

  • Landscaping around the foundation that slopes toward the home, leading rainwater directly to your home
  • Window wells sloped towards your home
  • Short eavestroughs and downspouts (six feet away from foundation wall is recommended)


Basement Sewer Backup Cleaning Services in Scarborough

Not only do drain and sewer backups cause damage to your home and personal property, they can also cause health risks to you and your household. Illnesses from black water sewage backups include E. coli, hepatitis, leptospirosis, salmonella, helicobacter pylori, and acanthamoeba. Standing water can also form mould, lead to disease through the spread of sewage bacteria, and cause electrical malfunctions.

If you require basement sewer backup cleaning services in Scarborough, Flood Services Canada can help you. It may be possible to handle a situation such as an overflown toilet yourself, but serious forms of sewage backup such as a flooded basement require professional remediation. Our 24/7 service teams are ready to provide you with quick-response action to minimize damage. We provide thorough structural drying, decontamination, deodorization, and debris removal to get your home back to a safe and functional environment. Contact us at (416) 302-2107 to learn more about how to protect your property, or if you are experiencing an emergency water damage loss, call our hotline at (416) 999-3930. Our rapid-response team will quickly deploy to your area to assess the situation and get you the help you need.

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Chad Vanvari

Chad Vanvari has over 20 years of experience as a cleaning & restoration professional. He started out in Montreal, establishing a commercial carpet cleaning company in the early 1990’s. By 2001, Chad had relocated to Toronto and now had extensive knowledge and experience in responding to fire/water related emergencies. He has been instrumental in the cleanup of several catastrophic floods. Currently, Chad is the president and owner of Flood Services Canada, a 24/7 emergency service restoration company.