When a sewer line is blocked, 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 lead to 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 importance. Having this unsanitary sewer waste in your home is dangerous and should be removed as soon as possible. Furthermore, knowing what is causing the sewer backups may aid in stopping this potentially hazardous incident. To help you in managing sewage backups in your home or business, here’s a list of things that may help:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Clogged Drain Pipes – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain lines or main sewer lines become occluded. As an example: if one commode starts a sewage backup, the connected drain and/or multiple toilets and the main line may become clogged.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees that have large strong imposing roots have the ability to grow through and around pipes, even crushing sewer pipes. Tree roots can extend out to a long distance and wreak havoc on your pipes, causing a sewer backup. Keep an eye out for roots near your drain lines or septic tank area to guard from damage.
  • Aging & Damaged Sewer Lines – Older sewer lines, pipes, drains and septic systems can fail by slowly weakening 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 look out for these potential problems.
  • Heavy Rainfall Amounts – Large amounts of rainfall can crowd your main storm and sewer mains. If it happens that your public sewers can’t handle large rainfall amounts, the water can backflow its way into the sewer lines linked to the mainline, and put your home or business in a likely dangerous risk of sewer backup. There is a risk of serious health issues when in and around rising waters in your region that occurs from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other similar 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 waste that is dried out can then turn aerosolized and present a threat of breathing in these contaminants. Be positive to use proper PPE to guard against these dangerous risks.

Our Fort Worth, TX process for sewage cleanup and sanitation

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 stop any health related situations.

2. Health & safety survey and complete building assessment.

3. Ensure all remediation personnel are outfitted with the proper personal protection equipment (PPE). This may include 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. Create engineering controls, firm barriers if needed to prevent cross-contamination.

5. Eliminating any and all lingering safety risks if possible.

6. Bulk water, soil, and contaminates removal

7. Getting rid of any and all porous and semi-porous contaminated items that are unable to be saved, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Carpet, rugs, pad, or underlayment
  • Padded and upholstered items
  • Drywall materials
  • Vinyl flooring and underlayment
  • Wooden flooring

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

9. Manual cleaning of all remaining structure material

10. A clearance inspection by a third-party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is recommended to safeguard that the building is returned to a pre-affected condition for health and safety.

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

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 Fort Worth, TX!

Contact the PuroClean specialists for sewage removal, cleaning and remediation. Whether it’s from a blocked toilet, flood waters or sewer pipe backups to take care of the problem for your home or business. PuroClean uses the newest, state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning systems to completely and efficiently clean and remediate all affected objects and structures.

The sheer expertise of our sewer water removal and cleaning services, along with the speed that we deliver the work, as well as our compassion demonstrated throughout the process helps make PuroClean your ideal damage remediation and restoration company. We vow to do everything possible and within our power to fully remediate properties in all the neighborhoods that make up our coverage areas.

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

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