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What Causes a Sewer Backup?

Separated Joints: Underground pipes aren’t solid, and can disconnect at the joint. This causes wastewater or sewage to back up into your home through drains.

Clogged Pipes: Clogs can be made of hair, kitchen grease, yard debris, diapers, or even paper products. They are the most common cause of sewer backups and are entirely preventable.

Root Damage: Trees and their roots may not be an issue when pipes are installed and trees are young, but years of growth can lead to issues later.

Cracked Pipes: Temperature, ground movement, roots, clogs and poor installation can cause cracks which lead to backups into your yard or home.

Mainline Backups: Weather, natural disasters, vandalism, and infrastructure breakdown can all lead to unavoidable sewer line issues.

What To Do If A Backup Occurs

Carefully try to close as many drains as you can, using extra care with ceramic plumbing fixtures​.

Don't run water down any drains or toilets in your home until the clogs are cleared.

Check if neighbors are affected. This could indicate a problem in the main line.

Call a plumber to assist with clearing the issue and closing your drains.

Call Niwot Sanitation to report the issue. We will recommend action and check the main line.

Call your homeowners' insurance company to determine what coverage may be available.

How To Prevent A Sewer Backup

Plumbers can help assess your risk and install back-flow valves to protect your basement.

You can use grease-fighting liquid dish soaps like Dawn® to break up grease blockages.

Review the list of items to never wash down a drain.

Make sure your homeowners insurance policy includes coverage for sewer backups.