Toilet and sewer line backups may result in sewage entering your basement or other parts of your home or company. This dark, thick water is highly hazardous and contains quite a lot of dangerous contaminants. These contaminants consist of pathogens, bacteria and viruses and cause health risks and illness dangers if humans or animals become exposed. Repairing these problems ASAP is imperative, as is removing sewage from your premises. Having knowledge of what may cause sewer blockages may help you avoid a hazardous incident in your home or basement. Following is a list of things that may help prevent sewage backups that could occur in your home or business:

Why Sewage Backup Occurs

  • Blocked Drain Pipes – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain lines or main sewer lines become clogged. As an example: if one toilet starts a sewage backup, the connected drain and/or numerous toilets and the main sewer may become fouled.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees with large strong imposing roots have the potential to grow through and around pipes, even demolishing sewer pipes. Tree roots can reach a long distance and wreak havoc on your pipes, leading to a sewer backup. Keep an eye out for roots near your main sewer lines or septic tank area to prevent damage.
  • Aging & Damaged Sewer Lines – Older sewer lines, pipes, drains and septic systems can fail by slowly cracking and failing over time – leading to sewage backups, water filled homes, and basements full of sewer water. Keep in mind the age of your home and neighborhood and keep an eye out for these potential problems.
  • Heavy Rainfall Amounts – Heavy amounts of rain can overcome your main storm and sewer lines. If it turns out that your public system can’t handle large rainfall levels, the water can work its way into the sewer lines linked to the mainline, and place your home or business in a possibly dangerous exposure of sewer backup. There is a risk of serious 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 merges 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 sure to use proper PPE to guard against these dangerous risks.

PuroClean’s process for sewage cleanup and sanitation in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Humble, Montgomery, Cypress

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

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

2. Health and Safety survey and assessment of the entire work premises.

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

  • 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. Eradicating any type of probable safety risks if at all possible.

6. Clearing the jobsite of all 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 objects
  • Gypsum board
  • Vinyl flooring and underlayment
  • Hardwood flooring

8. Cleaning procedures implemented, as well as the use of EPA registered biocides and antimicrobials

9. Manual cleaning of all remaining structure areas

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

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

12. Post remediation cleaning of all equipment used

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

For Professional Sewage Cleanup in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Humble, Montgomery, Cypress, Call PuroClean!

Call the PuroClean specialists for sewage abatement, cleaning and restoration. Whether it’s from a clogged toilet, flood waters or sewer pipe backups to tackle the problem for your home or business. PuroClean uses the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning systems to completely and effectively clean and salvage all affected items and structures.

The professional nature of our sewage removal and cleaning solutions, the speed in which we deliver them, and the kindness we demonstrate throughout the entire process make PuroClean your ideal damage restoration and remediation company. We vow 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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