WARNING: Sewage spills contain contaminants that can cause very serious health risks. Raw sewage contains bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses such as E. coli, and can cause illness such as Hepatitis A.
Tips for a Safe and Proper Sewage Backup Cleanup
Cleaning up a sewage backup of an overflowing toilet, a clogged sewer line, or a septic tank is a very messy and serious job. You could clean small spills up on your own but in large overflow situations, you’ll need to call in a professional water damage and sewage cleanup company due to serious safety and health concerns. Sewage backup is grossly contaminated and poses serious health risks should you come in contact with it without properly protecting yourself.
While a professional water damage and sewage cleanup company is in-route, you can take these 5 action steps when dealing with a sewage backup in your basement or other areas of your home or business:
1) Turn Off Electricity and Gas
You’ll want to turn off the electricity leading to the affected areas and you may need to call your utility company to shut off the gas lines leading to the areas that have been flooded with sewage or contaminated water. As in all flooding emergencies, water and electricity don’t mix. Your safety is number one!
2) Call a Plumber or Septic Company ASAP!
You’ll want to get a plumber or septic company to your home or business right away to stop the flow and start fixing the source of the problem. Tell everyone who is at home or work to NOT use any toilets or sinks connected to the sewage lines that caused the initial problem.
3) Call Your Insurance Company ASAP!
Call your insurance company to start a claim and have the claim number ready for the professional sewage cleanup company and the plumber or septic company when they arrive on-site.
4) Stay Out of the Affected Area but IF You Must Enter, Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
You really shouldn’t be entering the affected area but if you absolutely have to, you MUST wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as: rubber boots, rubber gloves, a face shield, and eye protection.
5) Take Pictures of the Damaged Areas
Take pictures for your insurance company of each damaged area, the source of where the sewage backed up, items that were damaged such as electronics, washing machine, dryer, furnace, etc. Rarely are items salvageable and unfortunately, carpet and pad must be torn out.
Taking these 5 action steps when dealing with the stressful and messy situation of a basement sewage backup will help remedy the situation quicker. The faster you act, the less damage and risks you and your family or business will incur.
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