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How to Deal With Flooding From Clogged Pipes

Have you ever watched your toilet overflow with water and flood your entire bathroom? Have you ever had your kitchen full of water, and you have no idea how it happened? These scenarios are commonly due to clogged pipes. As soon as you notice signs of clogged pipes such as slow drainage, you should check your pipes right away and have them fixed. Otherwise, these issues will soon escalate. It’s much better to spend a little money now on remediating the problems, than to have your entire house flooded. If your house is already flooded due to blockage in your pipes, here’s what you should do.

The most common cause to flooding in your house is clogged pipes. The first thing you need to do is determine where the blockage is. Sometimes there may be a blockage in the main pipeline that pushes waste out of your house, or sometimes it could be the sewer system that pumps water into your house. Blockage in sewers can result from cooking grease, rags, or other debris that have been flushed down your kitchen sink or toilet. If you have trees or other plants in your backyard, your pipes may also be clogged by the roots that have grown into the pipeline. Rarely do blockage occur when parts of the line is broken, but it is possible.

Since your basement is the lowest point in the pipe system, usually your basement floods. To save your basement from further flooding, running a snake through your pipeline is the most helpful and the fastest way to unclog. Other chemical products that dissolve the clogged items may work as well. For the roots stuck in your pipes, find specialty snakes that have sharp cutting blades. Once you put it through the pipes, it will cut through the roots and the pieces will be flushed down. 

To protect your house from flooding, here’s a daily checklist you should follow. Make sure your sewer pipes are in good working condition without anything inside the pipelines which may cause it to clog — no tree roots, no solid debris and fats, no oils or grease. Even small items can cause your pipes to clog so try not to flush anything down the toilet or sink unless necessary. Don’t be lazy and place garbage in your garbage cans! Some other tips for pipe maintenance that do not correlate with blockage include preparing any cracks or holes in your walls or floors. Also, direct water away from your foundation to lessen the damage.

Flooding in your house can cause serious damage, so having healthy pipes are essential to the longevity of your house. If you’ve tried de-clogging the pipes with household chemicals and snakes but nothing works, call professionals right away. At Matrix Remediation, we offer reliable services with reasonable prices. If you have more questions and concerns about how to prevent clogged pipe induced flooding, you can contact us at 1-888-885-8683, or send us an email at info@matrixremediation.com. 

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