The events resulting from a sewer line clog are never good: basement drains backing up, toilet overflowing, and sink drain lines clogged. However, the damage that is caused by a sewer line failure comes second to remedying the problem causing the sewer line failure. Here is some insight to help you deal with sewer clean-up and repairing your main line for continued use.
Clear the Line
Most sewer blockages can be removed with the use of a chemical drain cleaner or a sewer line auger or sewer snake. If you don't have your own household sewer auger, you can borrow one from a friend, rent one from an equipment rental store, or buy one from a home improvement retailer. Attach your home-use sewer auger to a power drill, which rotates the end of the auger through the line to clear the blockage.
Inspect the Line Interior
Often a sewer line may be clogged and you cannot remove the blockage or the blockage returns soon after clearing it. These situations call for a video inspection of your sewer line's interior to see what is causing the blockage or recurrence of the blockage.
Contact a plumbing professional at a place like Rapid Rooter Inc to complete a sewer lie inspection. They will be able to run their sewer snake into the line along with a camera to visually look at the interior of the line to find out what is causing the blockage. You may find the line has collapsed from age or the weight of the soil upon it. You may discover that along with a collapse of the line, there may be tree root intrusion, causing the blockage. Your plumber can then recommend repair options to your line, depending on its condition and the damage to your sewer drainage.
Clean Up Sewage Damage
To clean up after a sewage back-up within your home, you will need to remove all sewer damaged surface and items, such as drywall and carpet padding. Next, clean all the surfaces that were contaminated with sewage water by using a cleaning solution of hot water and detergent. This is important as it removes any bacteria and viruses that may be present on your home surfaces from the back-up.
After wiping down surfaces, the second step is to sanitize these same surfaces with a water and bleach mixture. Combine eight tablespoons of bleach with one gallon of water to create a sanitizing solution. Wipe this over contaminated surfaces using a cloth or cleaning rag.