A sewage flood can be dangerous for any property

Sewage Flood Cleanup: Why to Avoid DIY and Hire Professionals

Water Restoration

For homeowners, flooding is a serious situation. It’s even worse when it’s a sewage flood. Not only is the smell unbearable but there are also numerous potential health risks involved. Sewage typically contains dangerous bacteria and viruses that can cause sickness, infections, and significant harm to those who come into contact with it. For this reason, homeowners should get professional help from a property remediation company as soon as possible. 

Health Risks of DIY Sewage Flood Cleanup

Sewage is a combination of greywater (domestic wastewater from sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers) and black water, which is the waste flushed down toilets. There are various causes of sewage backups at home, such as clogged pipes or damaged sewer lines.

It’s important to note that sewage, especially black water, contains harmful contaminants like parasites, viruses, and bacteria. Exposure to sewage without proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and following correct procedures can pose serious health risks. There is a potential of contracting diseases such as hepatitis A and encephalitis.

Contaminants in blackwater can make it very dangerous to clean up.

Another risk to consider is the growth of mold during DIY sewage cleanup. Mold exposure can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms, particularly in children and individuals with compromised immune systems. Flooding creates an ideal environment for mold growth, requiring only moisture, organic material, and optimal temperature. Mold can start growing within 24 to 48 hours after the incident.

Why Sewage Flood Cleanup Requires Professional Restoration

Water damage is a problem that worsens over time. The longer you postpone addressing standing water, the more harm it can cause to your home. Your carpets, furniture, walls, and possessions can become damaged without prompt and proper intervention.

Moreover, sewage flood restoration presents distinctive challenges and real biohazard risks. Professional restoration technicians have the necessary equipment and adhere to safety protocols and remediation techniques that homeowners might not have and know.

Here’s what professionals do to restore your property after a sewage flood:

  • Identify and address the cause of the sewage backup.
  • Pump out contaminated water and remove debris.
  • Sanitize the area using specialized cleaners and procedures; this helps eliminate bacteria and mold to prevent health risks and preserve the property and belongings.
  • Use industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying process.
  • Remove and replace damaged drywall and floors if necessary.
Clogged sewage pipes can result in a backup.

Call PuroClean Emergency Restoration Specialists For Your Water Damage Remediation Needs Today

Water damage in Plant City caused by sewer-related issues can be stressful for residential and commercial owners. Not only is the damage frustrating to deal with, but it also poses a significant hazard to the health and safety of those on the property. That’s why it’s essential to trust the experts at PuroClean Emergency Restoration Specialists to handle these challenges. We work around the clock to provide peace of mind, so don’t hesitate to contact us when you experience these issues. With the right tools and expertise, we’ll remediate your Plant City property and help to prevent future incidents from occurring. Give us a call today at (813) 703-8686.

Last edited on 11th of July 2023