When a sewer line is obstructed, the sewage that is thick and dark can be dangerous to your health. This sewer water is extremely unsanitary, containing contaminants such as bacteria, viruses and pathogens. All of these dangerous germs can pose a serious health risk and lead to many illnesses if humans or animals are exposed. If it happens that you experience sewage backup on the premises of your home or business, or a toilet backup in either location, repairing either one is of the highest importance. Having this dirty sewer water in your home is dangerous and should be removed quickly. Also, to know what is causing the sewer obstruction may aid in preventing this potentially hazardous incident. To help you in handling sewage backups in your home or business, following is a list of things that can help:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Blocked Sewer Line – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain pipes or main sewer pipes become occluded. As an example: if one commode starts a sewage backup, the connected drain and/or numerous toilets and the main sewer may become clogged.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees that have large strong plentiful roots have the potential to grow into and around pipes, even demolishing sewer lines. Tree roots can reach a long distance and damage your pipes, causing a sewer backup. Be very aware of 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 will fail by slowly cracking and crumbling over time – causing sewage backups, flooded homes, and basements full of sewer water. Pay attention to the age of your home and community and look out for these potential problems.
  • Heavy Rainfall Amounts – Large amounts of rain can overcome your main storm and sewer lines. If it turns out that your public system can’t handle large rainfall amounts, the water can backflow its way into the sewer lines linked to the mainline, and set your home or business in a potentially dangerous possibility of sewer backup. There is a risk of serious health issues when in and around flooding waters in your town or city that occurs from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other similar weather, when water blends with sewage, contaminants and chemicals. When wading in this waste use extreme caution, and also when the water decreases and starts drying. Organic matter that is dried out can then turn aerosolized and present a risk of inhaling in these contaminants. Be positive to use proper PPE to guard against these dangerous risks.

PuroClean’s sewage cleaning and sanitation process in Tulsa, OK

Our cleaning and remediation procedures for Category 3 water (which describes sewer and contaminated water backup) according to the standards put in place by the IICRC industry are:

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

2. Inspection of the building along with health and safety reviews.

3. Ensure all restoration personnel are equipped 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. Eliminating any and all probable safety risks if possible.

6. Clearing the site of all bulk water, soil, and contaminates.

7. Disposing 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 methods and use of EPA registered biocides and antimicrobials

9. Actual cleaning of all remaining structures

10. It is recommended to schedule a third party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) for a safety clearance test to ensure the entire site is returned to pre-loss state for health and safety.

11. Drying of all materials affected by the sewage intrusion back to pre-loss dry state

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

13. All materials from demolition work removed completely

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Tulsa, OK!

Our technicians put to use state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning procedures to effectively restore and clean the affected building materials and belongings from your dwelling or business. If a sewage drain pipe backup from blockage is your problem, call our technicians for sewage removal and cleaning services.

The high goals of our sewage eradication and cleaning services along with the speed in which we complete the work, and the sheer compassion we demonstrate throughout the process make PuroClean your complete flood damage restoration and remediation company. PuroClean vows to do whatever it takes to rescue, clean and restore all properties that lie within our service areas.

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


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