Toilet and sewer pipe backups can result in sewage entering your basement or other portions of your home or company. This dark, thick water is very hazardous and contains quite a lot of dangerous contaminants. These contaminants are made up of pathogens, bacteria and viruses and cause health risks and illness dangers if humans or animals become exposed. Finding a remedy to these problems ASAP is imperative, as is removing sewage from your property. Having information of what may cause sewer blockages may help you prevent a hazardous incident in your home or basement. Please see this list of things that may aid in stopping sewage backups that could occur in your home or business:

Causes of Sewage Backup

  • Drain Pipe Clogs – Sewage can infiltrate your home or business when either your drain lines or the main sewer line becomes clogged. For example, if one toilet creates a sewage blockage, the drain leading to that toilet, or the mainline of many toilets, will likely also be obstructed.
  • Tree Roots – Trees with large roots can move into pipes and cause holes or crush the sewer line by encircling it. Even if the roots in your yard are not the problem, roots from adjoining property can reach your sewer line and damage it, forcing a sewer backup. Always be aware of roots where your mainline to the street or septic system is located.
  • Aging Sewer Lines – Aging sewage systems could break down and crack, causing sewage blockages and flooded homes and basements. The older your neighborhood is, the greater possibility of these types of problems.
  • Heavy Rainfall – Heavy amounts of rain can overburden your city’s storm sewer lines. If the public storm sewers can’t handle large amounts of rainfall, the water can make its way into connected sewer lines, which can leave your home or business at risk of sewer backflows. City-wide flooding waters from events like rising rivers and creeks, hurricanes, and other isolated events can also combine 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 waste can then become aerosolized and present the possibility of breathing it into your lungs. Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn to stop any contact and risk of breathing in this harmful matter.

Our Eliot, ME sewage cleanup and sanitation process

The PuroClean method 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. To ensure the safety of all occupants and personnel by restricting jobsite access to restoration and cleanup personnel only to help stave off any health related situations.

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

3. Ensure all restoration personnel are supplied 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
  • Entire body suit protection

4. Engineering controls put in place and condemnatory barricades used (if needed) preventing cross-contamination.

5. Completely getting rid of any potential safety risks if possible.

6. Disposal, removal of bulk water, soil, and contaminates.

7. Disposal of all contaminated porous and semi-porous materials that are not salvageable, which can be but are 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. Physical 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 damaged by water to be dried and returned to pre-loss state

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

13. All demo materials removed from the building

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Eliot, ME!

What do you do if a sewer line backup occurs in your dwelling or business? The right answer is: Call PuroClean! Simply because PuroClean technicians are your perfect professionals for sewage removal and cleaning services. With state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning tools, we efficiently restore, repair and completely clean the affected areas in your home or business.

The high measure of our sewage eradication and cleaning services along with the timeliness in which we complete the work, and the sheer compassion we practice throughout the process make us your complete water damage restoration and remediation company. PuroClean vows to do whatever it takes to save, clean and restore all properties that are within our service neighborhoods.

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


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