Sewer Backup Cleaning & Repair
There are quite a few ways for sewage to backup. The most common is when heavy rainfall overwhelms the city sewer system. Backups can occur when sewer pipes break or get clogged. If you have a septic system, you probably need to get it pumped out because it's full.
Caution! Sewage Is Hazardous
The most important thing to do when you discover a sewage backup is to get everyone out of the house and away from the hazard. Sewage is the human feces and urine that enter the sewer from your home and the homes and business around you. If you live in a populated part of the city, you can imagine how many different people's poop is in your house. And what's worse is this sewage can contain over 120 different viruses including the Rotavirus, Norovirus, and Adenoviruses. Parasites like Giardia or Cryptosporidium thrive in the sewer. And finally, the bacterial pathogens include Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and Shigella.
Cleaning With Bleach
Bleach is fine for smooth non-porous surfaces but not for surfaces that are porous. Sewage backup usually occurs in basements where concrete floors are porous and can absorb category 3 (black water). To correctly clean the area, specialized equipment and techniques are used. Afterwards, the area needs to be tested by a certified hygienist to ensure there is no contamination.
Porous surfaces include:
- Tile grout
- Concrete, wood, and some tile floors
- Drywall is vary porous and needs to be replaced
- Furniture, clothing, carpets, shoes, and anything else that can absorb category 3 water
Preventing Sewer Backup
- A back flow control valve can be installed to stop sewer backups from happening again.
- Never pour oil or grease down your drain.
- If you have trees or bushes growing near your sewer line, roots can break through old clay pipes or small cracks in newer pipes.
- Keep your floor drains clear of debris
Will Insurance Cover It?
A majority of our customers do not have sewer backup coverage. This means out of pocket costs to the customer.
There have been cases where severe storms have caused sewer backups and the City compensated families for damages. There are conditions though and it probably isn't wise to assume the City will always compensate you.
Have a Sewage Backup? Call Today!
A certified cleaning technician is ready to help you. Call one of our numbers above or use our Callback Service today.