Sewage Backup Cleanup
Raw sewage is the most dangerous type of water loss we encounter and is never something you should try cleaning up yourself. If your home or office has experienced a sewage backup that has spilled waste into your bathrooms or other areas of the property, your first move should always be to call a certified water damage restoration company. At RestorationClean, we specialize in tackling the messy jobs other companies can’t or won’t help with. No job is to small or too big for us. Just call and we can dispatch a crew to your property immediately to help assess the situation and explain what we can do to get the area fully cleaned, sanitized and restored!
Know the Dangers When it Comes to Sewer Back-ups
Sewage exposure can lead to serious health issues. Most people are concerned with the smell, but while that’s unsettling, it’s the bacteria and viruses potentially lurking in waster water that make it an emergency. Here are just some of the things that can be found in raw sewer water:
E. Coli and Salmonella are the 2 most common types of bacteria found in waste. E. Coli is a germ found in the small intestine that can cause bloody diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Salmonella is most commonly associated with food poisoning, but it’s also one of the most dangerous bacterium found in sewage backups. It can cause typhoid fever, gastroenteritis, vomiting, diarrhea and other common ailments associated with food poisoning.
Cryptosporidium, round warm, tape worm, and giardia are types of parasites found in sewage. In people with healthy immune systems, symptoms can range from diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss & anorexia to neurological damage such as seizures. For those with deficient immune systems, some of these parasites can prove fatal.
The most common viruses in sewage are HPV, adenoviruses, rotovirus, and Norwalk virus. HPV is an STD that is known to cause cervical, anal and genital cancer while the other viruses can cause pneumonia, bronchitis, gastroenteritis, and fevers.
Sewage Damage Restoration Services
Given the serious nature of the water loss, it’s not surprising that there are strict protocols put in place on how to properly mitigate a property that has sustained sewage damage. Below is a basic blueprint for what must be done to effectively cleanup sewage backups and sanitize the effected areas:
Tear-out & Disposal
When we arrive at a property, the first thing we must do is identify and remove all surface areas that can not be properly cleaned and sanitized. For instance, carpet and drywall are both porous surfaces that must be removed and can not be salvaged. We safely remove and dispose of these items so that we can properly disinfect the remaining structure.
Sanitization & Anti-Fungal Application
We then circle back through the affected areas and spray it with various cleaning agents as well as a powerful anti-microbial spray. The cleaning agents kill the harmful bacteria, parasites & viruses found in sewer backups while the anti-microbial application inhibits the growth of toxic mold spores while we complete the sewage damage restoration process.
Because the area was soaked by water and then sprayed down with other fluids, it will need to be dried in order to ensure that no mold or structural issues arise. The drying time can be as short as 24 hours or as long as a few days, just depending on what get what. We use moisture meters to determine when the areas are dry and check them daily.
The final stage is returning the damaged area back to the way it looked before the incident. We either do the work in-house, contract with a general contractor, or you can hire another company to do the build-back portion. This can take a couple of days or weeks, it just depends on the severity of the sewage damage and what needed to be removed.
Delay the Sewage Cleanup Process & You’ll Get Black Mold!
Beyond the health hazards associated with exposure to raw sewage, the other dangerous aspect is what will happen if your property stays wet for too long. Black mold is lurking in every environment. Even in ‘dry’ homes, there is a small, safe level of black mold present. But with the introduction of excess moisture, the risk of mold growth to dangerous levels escalates.
On average, mold growth begins around 2 days after the sewage backup occurs. That leaves you very little time to respond, and if you don’t the reality is you’ll be looking at a restoration process that will be much more involved and ultimately much more costly. So give us a call today and we’ll make sure your home is properly restored so that you don’t have to deal with toxic mold in the future!
Why do Sewer Backups Happen?
A backup occurs when water comes back up the pipes that are designed to send water out of the house and into the city sewer system. This happens for 2 primary reasons:
The sewer line clogs
At any point in your home’s plumbing pipes, a clog can form. Most clogs form in the main sewer drain exiting the home, somewhere between when it leaves the home and when it connects to the city sewer line. Whether it’s from a blockage caused by household items that shouldn’t go into drains, or a tree’s root system growing into the pipe, the effect is the same: water will attempt to drain down the pipe, run into the blockage and be forced to return back up the drain and into your home.
Storm water overflows
The other most common scenario occurs during heavy rains. When rain fall occurs, the water in the streets, along with whatever debris is floating in the water, falls down into the drainage system. When this happens, it’s not uncommon for the city storm drains to become overwhelmed with too much water. All it takes is a small blockage in that system for the water to become trapped and seek an exit. Unfortunately, that escape is up through your home’s pipe that is tied in with the city sewer line.