When a sewer line is blocked, the sewage that is thick and dark can be 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 risk and lead to many illnesses if humans or animals are exposed. 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 dirty sewer waste in your home is dangerous and should be removed as soon as possible. Also, to know what is causing the sewer obstruction may aid in preventing this potentially hazardous situation. To help you in handling sewage backups in your home or business, following is a list of things that can help:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Drain Pipe Blockages – 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 connected to that toilet, or the mainline of more toilets, will likely also be clogged.
  • Tree Roots – Trees with long roots can move into pipes and cause holes or alter the sewer line by encircling it. Even if the roots in your yard are not the issue, roots from adjoining property can reach your sewer line and damage it, causing a sewer backup. Always be cognizant of roots where your mainline to the street or septic system is placed.
  • Damaged Sewer Lines – Aging sewage systems can break down and crack, causing sewage blockages and flooded homes and basements. The older your neighborhood is, the greater chance of these types of incidents.
  • 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 attached sewer lines, which will put your home or business at risk of sewer backflows. Area-wide flooding waters from events like rising rivers and creeks, hurricanes, and other isolated events can also mix with sewage waste and other chemicals and contaminants that can lead to health-related issues. Extreme caution is needed when trying to walk in these waters, and even when the water recedes and begins to dry out. Dried out organic waste can then become aerosolized and become respirable. Proper PPE should be worn to avoid contact and risk of breathing in these contaminants.

Our Greenfield process for sewage cleanup and sanitation

The PuroClean method for cleaning and remediating Category 3 water, which is sewer and tainted water backup cleaning and restoration as set forth by IICRC industry regulations, consisting of:

1. Ensure all personnel and occupants remain safe by limiting access to the site to restoration employees only in order to prevent any health-related issues.

2. Health and Safety survey and assessment of the workplace.

3. Be positive that all restoration workers are equipped with the appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE). This includes but is not limited to:

  • Rubber boots with steel toes and shank
  • Full-face respirator
  • Full body suit protection
  • Nitrile and cut resistant gloves

4. Put engineering controls in place, as well as critical barriers if needed to stop any cross-contamination from occurring.

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

6. Bulk water, soil, and contaminates removal

7. Removal of all contaminated porous and semi-porous materials that are not able to be saved, which can consist of but are not limited to:

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

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

9. Physical cleaning of all remaining structure items

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 affected by water to be dried and returned to pre-loss state

12. Post restoration cleaning of all tools and machinery used

13. All materials from demolition work removed completely

For the Perfect Professional Greenfield Sewage Cleanup Company, Call PuroClean Today!

Reach out to the PuroClean specialists for sewage abatement, cleaning and restoration. Whether it’s from a stopped up toilet, flood waters or sewer pipe backups to tackle the problem for your dwelling. PuroClean uses the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning systems to completely and effectively clean and remediate all affected items and structures.

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

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

They did an excellent job while being upfront and honest.

STEVE & LESLEY A.

We feel they went above and beyond just doing a job, we felt as important as any member of the PuroClean family and thank them for their service!

BOB & WANDA A.

FAQ

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