When sewer lines become blocked, the thick, black water that forms as sewage is a health risk, and is extremely unsanitary as it contains contaminants such as pathogens, bacteria, and viruses that may pose a risk of extreme sickness illness if exposed to humans or animals. If you have a sewage backup in your basement, or your toilet backs up, you will need to fix it quickly, or you will end up with sewage all over your home or business. Knowing what causes 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 handle sewage backups:

Causes of Sewage Backup

  • Blocked Sewer Line – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain pipes or main sewer pipes become clogged. As an example: if one commode starts a sewage backup, the attached drain and/or many toilets and the main line may become clogged.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees that have large strong imposing roots have the ability to grow into and around pipes, even demolishing sewer lines. Tree roots can reach a long distance and wreak havoc on your pipes, causing a sewer backup. Be very aware of roots near your drain lines or septic tank area to prevent damage.
  • Aging & Damaged Sewer Lines – Aging sewer lines, pipes, drains and septic systems will fail by slowly weakening and crumbling over time – leading to sewage backups, flooded homes, and basements full of sewage. Pay attention to the age of your home and community and keep an eye out for these potential problems.
  • Heavy Rainfall Amounts – Heavy amounts of rain can overwhelm your main storm and sewer mains. If it happens that your public system can’t handle large rainfall levels, the water can work its way into the sewer lines connected to the mainline, and put your home or business in a possibly dangerous exposure 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 related weather, when water combines with sewage, contaminants and chemicals. When wading in these waters use extreme caution, and also when the water decreases and starts drying. Organic waste that is dried out can then convert to be aerosolized and present a danger of breathing in these contaminants. Be positive to use proper PPE to protect against these dangerous risks.

PuroClean’s sewage cleanup and sanitation process in Bourbon, MO

The PuroClean procedures for cleaning and restoring Category 3 water, which is sewer and contaminated water backup cleaning and restoration as set forth by IICRC industry standards, consisting of:

1. Ensure all personnel and occupants remain safe by restricting access to the site to remediation employees only in order to stop any health-related issues.

2. Assessment of the jobsite along with health and safety surveys.

3. Ensure all PuroClean employees are supplied with and use the correct personal protection equipment (PPE). This includes, but isn’t limited to the following:

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

4. Create engineering controls, critical barriers if needed to prevent cross-contamination.

5. Eradicating any type of potential safety risks if at all possible.

6. Bulk water, soil, and contaminates removal

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

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

8. Cleaning procedures put in place and the use of EPA certified biocides and antimicrobials

9. Full physical cleaning of all structure items that remain

10. We suggest using a third-party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) to perform clearance testing to ensure the property is returned to a sanitary pre-loss state for health and safety.

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

12. Post restoration cleaning of all equipment used

13. Elimination and disposal of all demo materials removed from the work areas

For Professional Sewage Cleanup in Bourbon, MO, Call PuroClean!

What do you do if a sewer line backup occurs in your home or business? The right answer is: Call PuroClean! Simply because PuroClean technicians are your absolute professionals for sewage removal and cleaning services. With the latest and greatest equipment and cleaning tools, we efficiently restore, remediate and completely cleanse the affected parts in your home or business.

The professional nature of PuroClean’s sewage removal and cleaning services, the speed in which we deliver them, and the compassion we demonstrate throughout the entire process make PuroClean your ideal damage restoration and remediation company. We promise to do whatever it takes to restore and rescue properties in all the communities we serve.

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

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