Prevent Sewer Backups

Service Team of Professionals in Coeur d’Alene receives calls for emergency service when sewage starts coming into your home through a drain. Few experiences are more disturbing and urgent than these unpleasant situations.

When this happens, homes need to be treated correctly to remove health hazards. One customer asked me about doing their own cleanup.  I told them, “You need to keep in mind that sewage that enters your home from a backup is not all from your family.” I explained the importance of cleaning up with the correct products using professional standards and protective gear. The customer decided to allow us to clean their home.

We prefer that customers take steps to prevent the need to call Service Team of Professionals for the homes we service throughout Kootenai County.  That’s why we communicate the steps a homeowner can take to avoid sewer backups. Even when we are called to clean up a sewer problem, we don’t leave before advising customers how they can avoid calling us in the future. 

Clogged Sewer Lines

A clogged sewer line from city services or a septic field will cause a backflow into the home. When the backflow only occurs in one part of the house, such as one toilet; we generally believe that the clog originates only in that part of the home.  That allows us to focus on cleaning that area while ensuring that the sewage line is properly unclogged.

Tree Roots

Additionally, when backflow occurs through the whole home, the sewage line to the outside is the likely culprit. Tree roots are the most common cause.  They grow into a sewer line seeking moisture. They can even grow around a sewer line and begin to crush the pipe. In situations where large trees grow, the sewer line may need to be cleaned out professionally as frequently as once a year.  When a sewer line is made of newer plastic material, it may require replacement as well.


Grease and solid material can clog drains and create a backup.  To prevent this buildup in your drain, use a paper towel to wipe out a greasy pan rather than rinsing the grease down the drain.  Discard leftover grease by pouring it into a container, allowing it to cool, and throwing it in the garbage. 

Paper Products

Some homeowners flush excessive paper products like towels, sanitary items, or wipes down the toilet. While attempting to flush these down, they may “catch” somewhere in your plumbing and create the beginning of a backup. 


Major storms may overpower sanitation services in some cities to create sewage backflow in homes. In areas where this is a possibility, a qualified plumber can install a backflow device which will prevent sewage from coming the wrong way through your sewer line.

Our Service

Service Team Of Professionals in Coeur d’Alene has the ability to promptly and effectively treat your property and remove the health dangers of sewage. When sewer backups are covered by an insurance policy, we become the liaison with the adjusters.  This takes the hassle off the back of the homeowner.  Also, Service Team will salvage contaminated contents to the degree possible and include this damage on any possible insurance claim. In some areas, cities may take responsibility for sewer backups so Service Team will work through the details of obtaining reimbursement for the homeowner.

A sewer backup is one of the most unpleasant experiences for a homeowner. Call Service Team of Coeur d’Alene if it happens. We will rid your home of the odor, health risk and “ick” of this unpleasant experience.