Toilet and sewer line backups may result in sewage entering your basement or other parts of your home or company. This dark, thick water is highly hazardous and contains quite a lot of dangerous contaminants. These contaminants consist of pathogens, bacteria and viruses and cause health risks and illness dangers if humans or animals become exposed. Fixing these problems ASAP is imperative, as is removing sewage from your premises. Having knowledge of what may cause sewer backups may help you avoid a hazardous situation in your home or basement. Please see this list of things that may help prevent sewage backups that could occur in your home or business:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Clogged Sewer Line – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain pipes or main sewer pipes become blocked. For example: if one toilet starts a sewage backup, the attached drain and/or numerous toilets and the main sewer may become blocked.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees that have large strong imposing roots have the ability to grow through and around pipes, even demolishing sewer lines. Tree roots have the capability to reach a long distance and damage your pipes, causing a sewer backup. Keep an eye out for roots near your sewer mainline or septic tank area to protect them from damage.
  • Aging & Damaged Sewer Lines – Aging sewer lines, pipes, drains and septic systems can fail by slowly cracking and crumbling over time – leading to sewage backups, water filled homes, and basements full of sewage. Pay attention to the age of your home and community and search for these potential problems.
  • Heavy Rainfall Amounts – Large amounts of rain can overwhelm your main storm and sewer mains. If it turns out that your public system can’t handle large rainfall levels, the water can make its way into the sewer lines connected to the mainline, and place your home or business in a possibly dangerous possibility of sewer backup. There is a risk of genuine health issues when in and around flooding waters in your area that occurs from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other similar weather, when water merges with sewage, impurities and chemicals. When wading in these waters use extreme caution, and also when the water recedes and starts drying. Organic matter that is dried out can then become aerosolized and present a danger of inhaling in these contaminants. Be sure to use proper PPE to protect against these dangerous risks.

PuroClean’s process for sewage cleanup and sanitation in Atlanta, GA

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

1. Ensure the safety of all personnel and non-personnel by managing onsite access to restoration personnel only to prevent health-related issues

2. Health & safety survey and complete building assessment.

3. Ensure all remediation personnel are outfitted with the proper personal protection equipment (PPE). This may include but is not limited to:

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

4. Put engineering controls in place, as well as critical barriers if needed to stop any cross-contamination from occurring.

5. Eradicating all potential dangers and safety risks if possible.

6. Bulk water, soil, and contaminates removal

7. Disposal of all contaminated porous and semi-porous materials which are not restorable, which can be but are not limited to:

  • Carpet, rugs, pad, or underlayment
  • Gypsum board (Drywall)
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Vinyl flooring and underlayment
  • Padded and upholstered items

8. Cleaning procedures implemented, as well as the use of EPA registered biocides and antimicrobials

9. Physical cleaning of all remaining structure areas

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. All materials touched by water to be dried and returned to pre-loss state

12. Post restoration cleaning of all equipment used

13. Disposal of all demolished materials removed from the building

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Atlanta, GA!

When a sewage drain line backup takes place in your home or business, reach out to the PuroClean professionals for sewage removal and cleaning services. Our specialists use state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning systems to effectively remediate the damaged structures and contents.

The sheer quality of our sewage removal and cleaning services, along with the speed in which we deliver the work, as well as our compassion demonstrated throughout the process helps make PuroClean your ideal damage remediation and restoration company. We vow to do everything feasible and within our power to fully remediate properties in all the towns and cities that make up our coverage areas.

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

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