Flooding is not uncommon if you live in West Chester. In fact, it is so commonplace that the Chester County Health Department has detailed information posted online to assist when flooding results in sewage overflow.
That is why we’ve made a more detailed step by step summary here. You can go over it here, and then confirm on the website.
Home Sewer Overflow – Municipal Sewer System
The Chester County Health Department suggests that if the sewage overflow is coming from your home and spilling on the streets or nearby properties, and that you are connected to the municipal sewer system – there is one option available to you. You must contact the municipality or the governing body that is in charge of the sewer system and inform them of the overflow. They will take your information, such as your West Chester address and other details, and act accordingly to repair the sewer pipe if necessary.
Home Sewer Overflow – Septic Sewer System
If flooding has caused your on-lot sewer disposal system to overflow, you have to have the septic system pumped. However, you must wait until the severe weather has ended, call a septic sewer service and book an appointment for a pumping out of the system. Once the septic service has been pumped you may wish to have the piping inspected. You could use the septic contractor or you could contact the plumbers at Pipe Shark to inspect the lines to see if any damage has resulted from the overflow such as a clog or blockage. And in that case, perform a sewer repair service.
Home Sewer Overflow – Into Waterways
Should the sewer overflow from your West Chester home happen to be running into a nearby stream you are instructed to contact your local municipality and then the Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP 24-hour emergency number is (484) 250-5900. Someone at the other end of the line will require detailed information from you so be prepared to assist.
Home Sewer Overflow – Backup
The last piece of advice is related to the sewer backing up into your home. After the weather situation settles, you will be required to use a sump pump to remove the sewage overflow from your home. You are also instructed to contact a local plumber like Pipe Shark to schedule a sewer line inspection followed by any repairs that may be required.
Pipe Shark utilizes trenchless technology so if a pipe requires replacement they won’t have to dig up your entire yard to remove it. So, to begin with, they will dig a hole to one connection so that a tiny video camera can be inserted. With this closed-circuit access the condition of your sewer line can be verified from “eyes inside the pipe” rather than by digging a trench along the width of the pipe.
Any problem will be quickly diagnosed and several trenchless options will be offered to you to review. Trenchless repairs are less costly and less harmful to the environment. They also speed up the time required to complete a repair which reduces the time you are without sewer service. For more information on the many services provided by Pipe Shark call them today at (610) 557-1752 or email to book an appointment.