When a sewer line is obstructed, the sewage that is thick and dark is dangerous to your health. This sewer waste is extremely unsanitary, containing contaminants such as bacteria, viruses and pathogens. All of these contaminants can pose a serious health danger and cause many illnesses if humans or animals suffer exposure. If it happens that you suffer a sewage backup on the property of your home or business, or a toilet backup in either location, fixing either one is of the highest priority. Having this filthy sewer waste in your home is dangerous and should be removed as soon as possible. Furthermore, to know what is causing the sewer obstruction may aid in stopping this potentially hazardous situation. To help you in managing sewage backups in your home or business, here’s a list of things that may 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. For example: if one bathroom starts a sewage backup, the attached drain and/or many toilets and the main sewer may become blocked.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees that have large strong plentiful roots have the potential to grow into and around pipes, even demolishing sewer pipes. Tree roots are able to extend out to a long distance and damage your pipes, leading to a sewer backup. Keep an eye out for roots near your drain lines 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 weakening and failing over time – causing 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.
  • Large Rainfall Amounts – Heavy amounts of rain can crowd your main storm and sewer lines. If it happens that your public sewers can’t handle large rainfall amounts, the flooding can make its way into the sewer lines connected to the mainline, and place 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 associated 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 turn aerosolized and present a danger of breathing in these contaminants. Be positive to use proper PPE to guard against these dangerous risks.

Our Brunswick, OH sewage cleanup and sanitation process

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. Ensure the safety of all personnel and occupants by managing onsite access to restoration personnel only to prevent health-related dangers

2. Health & safety survey and complete building assessment.

3. Ensure all restoration personnel are equipped with the proper personal protection equipment (PPE). This can 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. Implement established engineering controls, critical barriers, to alleviate cross-contamination.

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

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

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

  • Gypsum board (drywall)
  • Carpeting, rugs, pad, and/or subflooring
  • Vinyl flooring and underlayment
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Padded and upholstered items

8. Cleaning processes put in place and the use of EPA approved biocides and antimicrobials

9. Physical cleaning of all remaining structures

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

11. All materials affected by excess waters are to be dried and returned to pre-loss dry condition

12. After completion of remediation – Cleansing of all equipment used

13. All materials from demolition process removed completely

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Brunswick, OH!

When a sewage drain pipe backup happens in your home or business, reach out to the PuroClean professionals for sewage removal and cleaning services. Our technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning systems to fully remediate the damaged building materials and contents.

The sheer quality of our sewage removal and cleaning services, in addition to the speed that we deliver the work, as well as our kindness demonstrated throughout the entire project helps make PuroClean your ideal damage remediation and restoration company. We strive to do everything feasible and within our power to restore and rescue properties in all the towns and cities that make up our service areas.

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

The 2-man emergency crew that came made a week long job only take a night! They were so thorough and we were so happy that they hauled away all the trash bags we created! Then they came back every day [...]


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