Preventing Sewer Backups

sump pump shutterstock_168380618A sewer backup is an unwelcome visitor for homeowners that can cause thousands of dollars in damage and even lead to disease if not addressed immediately. Unfortunately, with our sewer lines aging and an increase in the number of homes connecting to those systems, we are experiencing a rise in sewer backups.  To prevent a sewer backup in your home, follow these tips:

  • Dispose of grease properly – in a heat-resistant container, not down the drain
  • Dispose of paper products (including paper towels, diapers and feminine products) in the garbage, not down the drain or toilet
  • Replace your sewer line with new plastic pipe to prevent tree roots from entering
  • Correct illegal plumbing connections
  • Install a backwater prevention valve

Another way to protect your home is to ensure you have water backup coverage on your homeowners insurance. Water backup coverage will reimburse you for items damaged from a broken sump pump, overflowing drain, sewer and more.  To check if you are covered or to add water backup coverage to your policy, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (888) 702-0901.

Source: Insurance Information Institute

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