Obstructed sewer lines can release sewage; a thick, dark substance that forms. Sewage water is a dangerous health hazard and unsanitary; containing contaminants like pathogens, viruses and bacteria. These dangerous contaminants may present risks of serious illness if animals or humans suffer exposure. Timely repair is key if you have sewage backup anywhere in your home or business . Quickly repairing this will prevent the hazardous waste water from lingering in occupied areas. To prevent a hazardous condition occurring in your home or business, knowing what causes the sewer incidents could be extremely helpful. We’ve created a list of items to aid in preventing and handling home or business sewage backups:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Drain Pipe Blockages – Sewage can back up into your home or business when either your drain lines or the main sewer line becomes clogged. For example, if one toilet creates a sewage backup, the drain connected to that toilet, or the mainline of more toilets, will likely also be clogged.
  • Tree Roots – Trees with large roots can grow into pipes and cause holes or alter the sewer line by growing around it. Even if the roots on your property are not the problem, roots from nearby trees can reach your sewer pipe and damage it, creating a sewer backup. Always be watching for roots where your sewer lines to the street or septic system is located.
  • Damaged Sewer Lines – Aging sewage systems could break down and crack, causing sewage backups and flooded homes and basements. The older your area’s houses are, the greater possibility of these types of incidents.
  • Extreme Weather – Sudden large amounts of rain can put a strain on your town’s storm sewer mains. If the public storm sewers can’t handle excess rainfall, the water can make its way into connected sewer lines, which will put your home or business at risk of water backflows. Area-wide flooding waters from events like rising rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other isolated events can also mix with sewage water and other chemicals and harmful bacteria that can cause health-related issues. Extreme caution is needed when wading in these waters, and even when the sewer water recedes and begins to dry out. Dried out organic materials can then become aerosolized and become respirable. Proper PPE should be worn to avoid contact and risk of breathing in this harmful matter.

PuroClean’s sewage cleaning and sanitation process in Denver, Boulder and Longmont, CO

Our process for cleaning and remediation of Category 3 water, aka sewer and contaminated water backup clean up following the IICRC industry standards, is as follows:

1. To ensure the safety of all occupants and workers by limiting jobsite access to restoration and cleaning personnel only to help stop any health related situations.

2. Assessment of the area and Health and Safety surveys.

3. Be thorough that all restoration workers are equipped with the proper personal protection equipment (PPE). This includes 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. Put into place established engineering controls, critical barriers, to alleviate cross-contamination.

5. Stopping all potential hazards and safety risks if possible.

6. Removal of bulk water, dirt, and contaminates.

7. Eradication and disposal of all contaminated porous and semi-porous items that is not restorable – which can be but is not limited to:

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

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

9. Actual cleaning of all remaining structures

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 affected by excess waters are to be dried and returned to pre-loss dry condition

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

13. All demo materials removed from the building

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Denver, Boulder and Longmont, CO!

Reach out to the PuroClean specialists for sewage abatement, cleaning and remediation. Whether it’s from a stopped up toilet, flood waters or sewage drain backups to manage the problem for your home or business. PuroClean uses the newest, state-of-the-art equipment and cleansing tools to completely and effectively clean and restore all affected objects and structures.

We have proved time after time that our methods and our specialists are top quality, efficient, and work with care and compassion for all involved. PuroClean is your ideal damage restoration and cleaning group and we pledge to do whatever needs to be done to save and restore all homes and businesses in the communities we serve.

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

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