Hurricanes, widespread flooding and other disasters tend to make headlines and receive ample follow-up news coverage. When it comes to sewer backups, though, that’s typically not the case. People are reluctant to discuss or even think about the repercussions of raw sewage making its way through homes and businesses, but in truth, this is a common occurrence.
By some accounts, an estimated 500,000 sewer backups took place during the last year for which information has been made available. Research commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency indicates these incidents are increasing by as much as three percent each year. Further reports from various sources show the cost of remediation following such occurrences typically runs $100,000 or more on the low end of the spectrum and can soar far higher depending on certain factors.
Common Causes of Sewer Backups
A large portion of the nation’s sewer infrastructure is at least thirty years … Read the rest