Toilet and sewer pipe backups may result in sewage entering your basement or other areas of your home or company. This dark, thick water is extremely hazardous and contains many dangerous contaminants. These contaminants are made up of pathogens, bacteria and viruses and present health risks and illness dangers if people or animals experience exposure. Finding a remedy to these problems ASAP is imperative, as is removing sewage from your premises. Having information of what may cause sewer backups may help you avoid a hazardous situation in your home or basement. Following is a list of things that may aid in stopping sewage backups that may occur in your home or business:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Heavy Rainfall – Excess rains can overpower your town or city’s storm sewer system. If this happens, the water can swell into the attached sewer lines bringing your home or business in possible danger of water backflow. Swelling rivers and streams, hurricanes and other similar events can cause flood and sewage waters to mix and present genuine health related problems. You should be extremely cautious when wading in this sort of water, and even stay cautious after the water recedes and dries up. It’s viable for the organic matter to turn aerosolized and respirable, meaning there’s a chance you could inhale it into your lungs. To protect from contact or risk of inhaling these contaminants, proper PPE should be used at all times.
  • Tree Roots – Trees can have long roots that grow into water or sewer pipes and crush or break them. Damage to pipes and a sewage backup can also be caused by tree roots that aren’t even on your premises. Be very aware of any tree roots that can reach your water and sewer pipes that lead to the main sewer line or septic system.
  • Old/Aging Sewer Pipes – Older and aging sewage systems are susceptible to breaking down and cracking, inducing sewer backups, flooded basements along with entire home flooding. The older your area or dwelling may raise the chance of this type of damage occurring.
  • Clogged and Blocked Drain Pipes – If your house or business’s main sewer line or drain pipes become fouled, sewage may back up inside the building. A perfect example is: if a single commode causes a sewage blockage, the drains connected to that toilet, or the main drain pipes of more toilets, will also become backed up.
  • Old and/or Damaged Lines – Older sewage systems have a tendency to fail and crumble, leading to sewage backups and flooded dwellings full of sewage. If your home or area is older, the probability is greater that you’ll experience damaged sewer lines than newer ones.
  • Copious Rainfall – Heavy and sudden downpours can overwhelm your local storm sewer lines quickly. If these public sewers can’t deal with excess waters, water can backup and flow into connected sewer lines. This can put your home or business at risk of backflow problems. Regional flood waters from events like rising rivers and creeks, hurricanes, or any rainy weather events can cause clean water to merge with sewage water and other chemicals and harmful toxins that cause serious health consequences. Use extreme caution when wading in this type of water, but also stay cautious once it dries. The dried organic waste can turn aerosolized and turn respirable. Correct PPE needs to be worn at all times to stop contact and risk inhaling tainted air.
  • Blocked/Clogged Sewer Lines – A fouled pipe or sewer line can cause sewage to back up into your dwelling or business. If only one commode becomes blocked, the sewer water backup can spread down the sewer pipes and influence all connected toilets on that line.
  • Roots from Trees – Tree roots can be harmful to water and sewer pipes. The roots from huge trees can maneuver into and around the pipes and damage them tremendously. If the roots under your property are not the problem, roots from nearby trees can grow under property lines and ruin your sewer line, causing a sewage issue. Be extra aware of all tree roots close to your mainline sewer pipes and/or pipes connected to your septic tank.

Our Allen, TX process for sewage cleanup and sanitation

PuroClean’s process for cleaning and remediation of Category 3 water, also known as sewer and contaminated water backup clean up according to the IICRC industry standards, is as follows:

1. Ensure all personnel and occupants stay safe by limiting access to the site to remediation employees only in order to thwart any health-related problems.

2. Health and Safety survey and assessment of the jobsite.

3. Ensure proper personal protection equipment (PPE) is being utilized by all restoration personnel. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Full face respirator
  • Nitrile and cut resistant gloves
  • Rubber boots with steel toes and shank
  • Full body suit protection

4. Implement established engineering controls, critical barriers, to stop cross-contamination.

5. Eliminating any and all probable safety risks if possible.

6. Bulk water, soil, and contaminates removal

7. Getting rid of any and all porous and semi-porous contaminated materials that are unable to be saved, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Carpet, rugs, pad, or underlayment
  • Padded and upholstered objects
  • Gypsum board
  • Vinyl flooring and underlayment
  • Hardwood flooring

8. Implement cleaning procedures and use of EPA certified biocides and antimicrobials

9. Full physical cleaning of all structure items that remain

10. A third-party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is recommended to perform clearance testing, to ensure the building is returned to a pre-loss condition for health and safety.

11. Drying of all items affected by the water intrusion back to pre-loss dry standard

12. After completion of remediation – Cleaning of all equipment used

13. Disposal of all remaining materials removed from the building

For the Perfect Professional Allen, TX Sewage Cleanup Company, Call PuroClean Today!

Our technicians utilize state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning procedures to effectively restore and clean the unsound building materials and items from your house or business. If a sewage drain pipe backup from blockage happens, call our technicians for sewage removal and cleaning services.

PuroClean has proved time after time that our methods and our technicians are top quality, efficient, and work with care and compassion for all involved. PuroClean is your ideal damage restoration and cleaning firm and we pledge to do whatever needs to take place to save and restore all properties in the communities we serve.

*Not all PuroClean offices provide sewage cleanup and sanitation cleaning services.

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