How Sewer System Overflows Impact the Public - Official RooterNOW®

How Sewer System Overflows Impact the Public

The EPA estimates that there are at least 40,000 sewer system overflows each year. In South Carolina, over the last 10 years, an average of almost 600 overflows are reported each year. Untreated sewage from these overflows can contaminate our waters, causing serious water quality problems. Sewage can also back up into basements, causing property damage and threatening public health.

Much of the nation’s sewage collection infrastructure is between 30 and 100 years old, placing them at increased risk for leaks, blockages and malfunctions due to pipe deterioration. The longer sewer collection system problems go unresolved, the more serious they become, placing vital public assets at risk of further degradation, posing an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment, damaging public and private property, and impacting state and local economies.

Lack of maintenance exacerbates age-related deterioration. Systems that are not routinely cleaned and repaired experience more frequent clogged and collapsed lines due to root growth and accumulation of debris, sediment, oil and grease. RooterNOW has a high focus on video camera inspection, high-pressure jetting of the sewer pipes and providing the permanent solution of trenchless pipe repair. Our team can eliminate most every problem and keep the system functioning smoothly.