One of the worst plumbing problems you can have is sewage backup. Sewage backup can be a result of an overall problem, but it can also happen after a flood.
So, what should you do about it? If your home is in an area prone to flooding, then you might want to install a check valve on the building sewer. This does require permission from the sewer authority and should be done by a reputable plumber. You should also install, and regularly inspect, a sump pump.
If you do have a sewage backup, then anything touched by sewage is contaminated. It should be cleaned and disinfected or, if that is not possible, discarded. For clean-up, wear rubber gloves and boots and protective eyewear. However, cleaning up sewage backup yourself is always dangerous. A professional will have the right gear to help get your home back to normal as soon as possible. Always call a professional if you see “black water” in your home after a flood. The hazards to you and your family include bacterial contamination and risks from sewer gas – the latter can include hydrogen sulfide poisoning (causes eye irritation, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, headache and drowsiness), asphyxiation and a risk of fire. If you smell rotten eggs or ammonia in your home, then you may have sewer gas contamination even if you have not noticed a backup.
You should also consider calling a professional for toilet overflow (this is not always a sewage issue, but if in doubt, consider it one) or overflows from dishwashers and washing machines.
If you have sewage backup then contact a professional who is skilled in dealing with this particular issue, and make extra care not to touch contaminated objects or water with your bare skin. Sewage can cause serious health problems, so take no chances and call a professional today.
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