Indoor Sewage Spill and Cleanup

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Your home’s sewer line is crucial in keeping your house safe and sanitary. Its primary function is to pump your wastes away from your home to the public sewage system, protecting water quality and public health.

But certain situations can make your sewer back up and clog. Here is some information on what causes a spill and tips when doing a sewage cleanup.

What Causes Sewer Backup?
Most of the time, clogged or damaged sewer pipes are the main reasons behind a major sewer backup. Downpours are another cause.

Clogged pipes cause clean water and wastewater backflows in different plumbing fixtures inside the house. If your toilets or bathtubs create backflows, then, probably, it’s just the drain connected to those fixtures that are clogged. But if every fixture is acting up, it’s more likely you have a clogged main sewer line.

Meanwhile, old pipes can easily break down and crack due to their age. Once the old pipes get cracked, cause the waste and water that flow through them to overflow and damage your home.

Heavy rain can also cause sewer backup and spill in a home. If there’s so much water and debris, the public sanitary sewers will have a harder time redirecting their flow. Some of that sewage can flow back into your home and flood your basement.

Tips for Indoor Sewage Cleanup
The first thing you need to do when you encounter a sewage backup is to call expert sewage cleanup services immediately. A professional sewer cleanup crew has the right tools and equipment necessary to clean the mess quickly. But before they can even arrive at your location, you can do these few things while you wait, including:

  • Evacuate children, seniors, and pets immediately. Sewage water is full of harmful pathogens that can easily infect the more vulnerable members of your family. Only allow them back in the affected area of the house once the cleanup is done.
  • Turn off your main power line from the main power breaker immediately. Water can conduct electricity. Any exposed electrical wires or appliances can cause electrocution.
  • If exposed to sewage, take a bath and wash your clothes thoroughly.

Cleaning Up After a Sewage Spill
Once you are equipped and ready, thorough cleaning is crucial. After calling the professionals to clean the mess, here are some things you can do.

  • Any loose carpets, upholstery, and furniture should be professionally cleaned and sanitized. Any hard surfaces should be cleaned with hot water and dishwashing liquid. Use detergent for sinks and other plumbing fixtures and then rinse them with bleach.
  • Do not attempt to unclog your drains. The harmful sewer water must be removed first before doing anything else. Standing water must be pumped out slowly

If you need help with water damage repair, contact us at InTech Maintenance Solutions. We offer 24/7 assistance whenever disaster strikes.