Blocked sewer lines can leak out sewage; a thick, dark water that forms. Sewage water is a serious health hazard and unsanitary; containing contaminants like pathogens, viruses and bacteria. These harmful contaminants may present risks of serious sickness if animals or humans suffer exposure. Quick repair is key if you experience sewage backup anywhere in your home or business . Quickly repairing this will prevent the hazardous waste water from lingering in occupied areas. To prevent a hazardous condition occurring in your home or business, being aware of what causes the sewer backups could be extremely helpful. We’ve put together a list of things to aid in preventing and handling home or business sewage blockages:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Drain Pipe Blockages – Sewage can back up into your home or business when either your drain lines or the main sewer line becomes clogged. For example, if one commode creates a sewage blockage, the drain leading to that toilet, or the mainline of many toilets, will likely also be clogged.
  • Tree Roots – Trees with large roots can grow into pipes and cause holes or damage the sewer line by encircling it. Even if the roots on your property are not the problem, roots from adjoining property can reach your sewer line and damage it, creating a sewer backup. Always be cognizant of roots where your sewer lines to the street or septic system is placed.
  • Aging Sewer Lines – Aging sewage systems can break down and crack, creating sewage blockages and flooded homes and basements. The older your neighborhood is, the greater chance of these types of incidents.
  • Heavy Rainfall – Sudden large amounts of rain can overburden your town’s storm sewer mains. If the public systems can’t handle excess 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 such as rising rivers and creeks, hurricanes, and other micro events can also combine with sewage water and other chemicals and harmful bacteria that can cause health-related issues. Extreme caution is needed when trying to walk in these waters, and even when the flood recedes and begins to dry out. Dried up organic materials can then become aerosolized and present the possibility of breathing it into your lungs. Proper PPE should be worn to avoid contact and the danger of breathing in these contaminants.

Our Fairfield, CT sewage cleanup and sanitation process

PuroClean’s process for cleaning and remediation of Category 3 water, also known as sewer and contaminated water backup clean up following the IICRC industry standards, is as follows:

1. Ensure all employees and occupants stay safe by restricting access to the site to remediation employees only in order to guard against any health-related issues.

2. Health & safety survey and complete building assessment.

3. Ensure all PuroClean employees are supplied with and use the proper 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. Establish engineering controls, firm barriers if needed to prevent cross-contamination.

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

6. Bulk water, soil, and contaminates removal

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 items
  • Drywall materials
  • Vinyl flooring and underlayment
  • Hardwood flooring

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

9. Physical cleaning of all remaining structure items

10. It is recommended to hire a third party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) for a safety clearance test to ensure the jobsite is returned to pre-loss condition for health and safety.

11. All items and structure affected by the flooding to be dried and returned to pre-loss dry standards

12. Post restoration cleaning of all tools and machinery used

13. All demo materials removed from the building

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Fairfield, CT!

Contact the PuroClean professionals for sewage removal, cleaning and remediation. Whether it’s from a clogged toilet, flood waters or sewage drain backups to manage the problem for your home or business. PuroClean uses the newest, state-of-the-art equipment and cleansing tools to completely and effectively clean and remediate all affected items and structures.

The sheer value of our sewage removal and cleaning services, in addition to the speed in which we deliver the work, as well as our compassion demonstrated throughout the entire project helps make PuroClean your preferred damage remediation and restoration company. We promise to do everything feasible and within our power to restore and rescue properties in all the neighborhoods that make up our service areas.

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

FAQ

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