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 extremely hazardous and contains many dangerous contaminants. These contaminants are made up of pathogens, bacteria and viruses and present health risks and illness dangers if people or animals experience exposure. Repairing these problems ASAP is highly important, as is removing sewage from your property. Having knowledge of what may cause sewer blockages may help you avoid a hazardous situation in your home or basement. Please see this list of things that may help prevent sewage backups that may occur in your home or business:

Why Sewage Backup Occurs

  • Clogged Sewer Line – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain pipes or main sewer pipes become blocked. As an example: if one toilet starts a sewage backup, the attached drain and/or multiple toilets and the main sewer may become clogged.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees that have large strong long roots have the capacity to grow through and around pipes, even demolishing sewer lines. Tree roots are able to reach a long distance and wreak havoc on your pipes, causing a sewer backup. Keep an eye out for roots near your sewer mainline or septic tank area to guard from damage.
  • Aging & Damaged Sewer Lines – Older sewer lines, pipes, drains and septic systems will fail by slowly cracking and failing over time – leading to sewage backups, flooded 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 overwhelm your main storm and sewer mains. If it turns out that your public system 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 potentially dangerous possibility of sewer backup. There is a risk of severe health issues when in and around rising waters in your town or city that happens from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other related weather, when water combines with sewage, impurities and chemicals. When wading in this waste use extreme caution, and also when the water diminishes and starts drying. Organic matter that is dried out can then become aerosolized and present a danger of breathing in these contaminants. Be sure to use proper PPE to guard against these dangerous risks.

Our Greenville, SC 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. Ensuring safety for all employees and occupants by placing restrictions on site access to remediation personnel only in order to prevent health related occurrences.

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

3. Ensure proper personal protection equipment (PPE) is being utilized by all restoration personnel. This may include 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 any type of potential safety risks if at all possible.

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

7. Eradication and disposal of all contaminate affected porous and semi-porous material that is not restorable – which can be but is not limited to:

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

8. Implement cleaning processes and use of EPA approved biocides and antimicrobials

9. Physical cleaning of all remaining structures

10. It is suggested to schedule a third party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) for a safety clearance inspection to ensure the building is returned to pre-loss condition for health and safety.

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

12. Post remediation cleansing of all equipment utilized

13. Transfer and disposal of all demo materials removed from the work areas

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Greenville, SC!

Contact the PuroClean professionals for sewage removal, cleaning and remediation. Whether it’s from a blocked toilet, flood waters or sewer pipe backups to tackle the problem for your dwelling. 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 sewer water removal and cleaning services, along with the speed in which we deliver the work, as well as our compassion demonstrated throughout the process helps make PuroClean your ideal damage remediation and restoration firm. We promise to do everything possible and within our power to fully remediate properties in all the towns and cities that make up our service areas.

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

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