Down and Dirty: Dealing with Sewage Backup

Sewage backup is the work of the work when it comes to plumbing issues. We’re here to walk you through the worst sewage problems. Here’s what you need to know!

When it comes to plumbing issues, sewage backup is the worst.

It’s costly and dangerous (not to mention, super gross).

Sometimes sewer lines get clogged and other times they fail altogether. But regardless of the cause, you need to act quickly to protect your family and possessions.

Here are the down and dirty truths about dealing with a sewage backup in your home.

Things you can do

When you first notice an issue, it’s important to do what you can to stop more sewage from entering your home. But you need to do so safely. Some toilet backups are extremely hazardous.

Turn off electrical power in risky areas

That’s why you should think about potential electrical hazards in the flooded area before doing anything. Places like basements can have fixtures and rogue electrical wires that make a deadly combination when they come into contact with water.

So before you go charging into the situation, shut off all electrical power to areas that present a risk.

Cut the water supply

Now that you’re certain entering the area isn’t going to electrocute you, you need to stop the water any way you can. That includes:

  • Turning off running water sources like sinks, washing machines, and dishwashers
  • Not flushing your toilets
  • If a pipe has burst, turn off water to the building immediately.

But for your own safety, you should minimize the time spent around the sewage at all costs.

Leave the contaminated area

Throw open windows to keep the area ventilated with fresh air, but get away from the waste-affected area as soon as you can. Protective equipment is necessary for the safe handling, disposal, and cleaning of areas that have been contaminated.

Also ensure that groups that are more susceptible to the health risks of sewage, including children, seniors, and animals, stay far away as well. Consider staying elsewhere until the situation is cleared up by professionals.

When to call a professional for sewage backup assistance

While it’s never a bad idea to consult with a professional for your plumbing issues, there are certain situations that only specialized service providers should handle.

One of those is if your backup involves “black water.” There’s no point in dancing around it–black water is raw sewage. Urine and feces seeping harmful bacteria into your floors and other possessions.

In situations involving black water, only a crew with HazMat disposal training will do. They have the resources and knowledge to fully remove any biological dangers (both seen and unseen) and help get your home back to normal as soon as possible.

Some companies even offer 24-hour support so you can call anytime, which is critical for water emergencies.

Getting back to normal

Recovering from a sewage backup incident can be tough. But knowing when to call a water damage repair professional makes the process much easier.

Check out our tips for dealing with different types of water damage to help get you back on your feet or contact us today for all of your sewage backup removal needs.

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