When sewer pipes become obstructed, the thick, black water that presents as sewage is a health risk, and is tremendously unsanitary as it contains contaminants such as pathogens, bacteria, and viruses that can present a risk of extreme sickness illness if exposed to humans or pets. If you have a sewer backed up in your basement, or your toilet backs up, you will need to repair it quickly, or you will end up with sewage all over your home or business. Knowing the cause of sewer backups, however, may help you prevent a hazardous occurrence in your basement, home or business. Here’s a list of items that may help to prevent and deal with sewage backups:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Blocked Sewer Line – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain lines or main sewer lines become clogged. To present an example: if one bathroom starts a sewage backup, the connected drain and/or numerous toilets and the main line may become caught up in the problem.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees with large strong long roots have the potential to grow into and around pipes, even demolishing sewer pipes. Tree roots are able to reach a long distance and wreak havoc on your pipes, causing a sewer backup. Keep an eye out for roots near your sewer mainline or septic tank area to prevent 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. Keep in mind the age of your home and neighborhood and search for these potential problems.
  • Heavy Rainfall Amounts – Large amounts of rainfall can overwhelm your main storm and sewer mains. If it turns out that your public sewers can’t handle large rainfall amounts, the flooding can work its way into the sewer lines linked to the mainline, and set your home or business in a potentially dangerous exposure of sewer backup. There is a risk of severe health issues when in and around rising waters in your region that happens from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other associated weather, when water merges with sewage, contaminants and chemicals. When wading in these waters use extreme caution, and also when the water goes down and starts drying. Organic substance that is dried out can then convert to be aerosolized and present a danger of inhaling in these contaminants. Be sure to use proper PPE to protect against these dangerous risks.

Our Augusta, GA process for sewage cleanup and sanitation

The PuroClean process for cleaning and remediating Category 3 water, which is sewer and contaminated water backup cleaning and restoration identified by IICRC industry standards, consisting of:

1. To protect the safety of all occupants and personnel by limiting jobsite access to restoration and cleanup personnel only to help stop any health related occurrences.

2. Health & safety survey and complete building assessment.

3. Be thorough that all restoration employees are equipped with the correct personal protection equipment (PPE). This includes but is not limited to:

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

4. Institute engineering controls, firm barriers if suitable to prevent cross-contamination.

5. Completely getting rid of any potential safety risks if possible.

6. Eradication of bulk water, soil, and contaminates.

7. Remove and dispose of all contaminated porous and semi-porous materials that are not able to be restored, which could include but is not limited to:

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

8. Implement cleaning procedures and utilization of EPA registered biocides and antimicrobials

9. Physical cleaning of all remaining structure items

10. A clearance test by a third-party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is recommended to assure the building is returned to a pre-loss condition for health and safety.

11. All materials affected by the flooding to be dried and returned to pre-loss dry standards

12. All equipment used on the project to be cleaned after restoration completion

13. All materials from demolition work removed completely

Call PuroClean for your Professional Augusta, GA Sewage Cleanup Needs!

What happens if a sewer main backup occurs in your house or business? The perfect answer is: Call PuroClean! For the simple fact that PuroClean technicians are your perfect professionals for sewage removal and cleaning services. With the latest and greatest equipment and cleaning tools, we efficiently restore, fix and completely clean the affected areas in your home or business.

The sheer value of our sewage removal and cleaning services, along with the speed that we deliver the work, as well as our compassion demonstrated throughout the process helps make PuroClean your ideal damage remediation and restoration firm. We promise to do everything that’s needed and within our power to fully remediate properties in all the neighborhoods that make up our coverage areas.

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


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