How Is Sewage Handled At Home

You probably know that sewage leaves your home through pipes heading toward the main drains. However, there is a little more to it than this and you should know how the process works, it will help you if you find yourself facing a sewage-related issue.

What Is Sewage?

Technically sewage is any wastewater or product that leaves your home. This is classified into grey water and black water. Greywater is the water that has been used in showers, washing machines, and dishwashers.  In contrast, black water is the human waste that has been flushed down your toilet.

The reason it’s called sewage is that all these products are contaminated. Sewage is known to carry many different bacteria which can make you ill. This, and the other contaminants, can also have a detrimental effect on the environment, potentially causing the death of fish and other wildlife.

This is why the sewage must be contained and leaves your home in pipes, heading for the local treatment center. This removes the contaminants before the water is treated and returned to your faucet or released into the open sea as part of the water cycle.

How The Sewage Leaves Your Home

Every appliance in your home has a pipe that connects it to the main drain. The toilet pipe is the largest and this is generally the same size as the main sewage pipe leaving your building.

Each of these pipes has a ‘U’ bend in them, this allows a little wastewater to sit in the pipe and prevents gas from the sewage pipes from coming back into the house. Sewage releases a gas called methane which can be deadly, that’s why the water traps are so important.

Issues To Be Aware Of

One of the biggest issues is blockages. This is usually thanks to the wrong item being sent down the drain. Wet wipes, sanitary products, and kid’s toys are very good at causing clogs. Of course, this blocks the wastewater flow and allows it to back up into your home. It’s a good idea to invest in a pipe inspection camera and use it at least twice a year to check your pipes are clear.

It’s not just waste products that can cause clogs. Your pipes can be damaged under your yard by pests and tree roots. A camera will help to ensure they are in good condition and working properly.

You should note that all drainage pipes up to where they join the public sewer, are your responsibility. It’s easier to think if the pipe is on your property, including your yard, then you have to maintain it. If you look after your pipes then you should never have an issue. But, neglect them and something will inevitably go wrong. That could result in an expensive and unplanned plumbing bill.

It’ is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the sewage routes before you have an issue, it will also help to prevent you from accidentally digging into them!

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