You may not know what you’re dealing with and risk getting sick if you clean it up yourself. The experts will also be able to restore any damage.
Let’s help you understand the risks.
Ordering toilet backup cleanup may not be necessary if you’re dealing with so-called ‘clean’ water. i.e. it looks clean and doesn’t appear to have raw sewage in it. Depending on how extensive the backup is, you may still need the professionals to deal with water damage, sopping carpets, damaged drywall and soaked wood. The moisture can cause mold to grow quickly and worse damage (rotting) can happen if it’s not dealt with properly and promptly.
Black water is raw sewage. If this is present, professional sewage backup cleanup is essential. No ifs or buts. We advise you not to tackle it on your own. This water contains urine or feces or both. Either way, it is home to millions of dangerous bacteria. A professional cleaning crew will clean the sewage waste; remove and dispose of carpet, tiles, furniture, drywall, etc. that has been exposed; then clean, rebuild and restore the area as though nothing happened.
Why shouldn’t you do this cleanup yourself?…
Potential Health Risks
With clean water backup from a toilet, the risks come from mold, mildew and fungus that can form very rapidly. Mold growing in your home requires extensive remediation in addition to restoration from the initial backup.
When it comes to black water, however, you need trained and insured professionals, because the list of health hazards includes:
- Gastrointestinal illness
- Skin irritation and/or infection
And that’s just to name a few.
If you feel any of these coming on, go to your doctor immediately. Then call for professional cleanup and remediation. If you have any children in the home, or elderly people, or anyone with existing health issues, you need to remove them from the home right away.
What to Do
If a toilet backs up and overflows in your home, cleanup is important but is not the only step to take. Be sure to follow these guidelines.
- Call professionals with a 24-hour emergency service – who will actually answer instead of giving you voicemail – to inspect and clean up the sewage.
- Do NOT flush any toilets.
- Remove children, pets, elderly, or anyone with illnesses from the area.
- Wear a mask, preferably with a respirator.
- Put on thick rubber gloves if handling anything that may be infected (which we strongly advise against doing).
- Wash your hands and sanitize them immediately.
- Follow the advice of the emergency cleanup professionals you choose to call in Denver, Boulder and across the Front Range. 24/7 Flood Response can advise you on the steps to take when calling your insurance company and Denver Water or your city’s water provider.
Following these steps will help limit your exposure to raw sewage while also preparing for cleaning and restoration work that will take some time.
Call 24/7 Flood Response, (303)239-1416
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