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How to Prevent Sewer Problems In the Summer

Your septic system may be a mystery to you, but as a homeowner, it is important to take steps to keep sewage where it belongs – underground. Start to notice these warning signs that something may not be right with your septic system before a problem arises, especially during the summer months.

Summer Sewage Clogs

Your sewage system is always running. Blockages, clogs, broken pipes, all of these things can happen year round. However, there are a few problems specific to the summer season.

  1. Storm season arrives with summer causing high water levels and excess rains. This can lead to extra stress on sewage systems and cause waste water to back up into your home.
  2. Draughts are also common during the summer due to warm temperatures. Less water running through septic lines can cause waste to not be fully removed. Then, when the rain does come, this can lead to clogs and blockages from the waste build up.
  3. Tree roots that have been growing and that can spread to new areas and potentially clog and damage sewage and underground pipes.

Watch for Summer Sewer Problems

These are telltale signs that there is a problem with your sewage and septic system, and a professional should be called in.

  1. You’re experiencing an odor. Bad smells coming from your pipes are a great indicator that there is a sewage issue. This is typically due to a clog which means your indoor plumbing is not fully emptying.
  2. Slow flow and drainage. This is also a great sign of a clog.
  3. Drainage happens in some areas but not others. Sinks are draining perfectly, but baths and toilets are not. This is a sign of a partial blockage.
  4. Have you noticed greener grass around your septic area? This could be due to wastewater backing up in that area.


A trained response team that is licensed to deal with raw sewage is necessary when these problems arise. Call McMahon Services today for our sewer cleanup services. We’ll get your home back to normal in no time!