Obstructed sewer lines can leak out sewage; a thick, dark liquid 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 are exposed to them. Quick repair is key if you have sewage backup anywhere in your home or business . Quickly taking care of this will prevent the dangerous waste water from lingering in occupied areas. To prevent a hazardous condition occurring in your home or business, being aware of what leads to the sewer incidents could be beneficial. We’ve put together a list of things to aid in preventing and handling home or business sewage blockages:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Blocked Sewer Line – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain lines or main sewer lines become clogged. To present an example: if one toilet starts a sewage backup, the connected drain and/or many toilets and the main line may become blocked.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees that have large strong imposing roots have the capacity to grow through and around pipes, even demolishing sewer lines. Tree roots have the capability to reach a long distance and wreak havoc on your pipes, causing a sewer backup. Be very aware of roots near your sewer mainline or septic tank area to prevent damage.
  • Aging & Damaged Sewer Lines – Aging 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 sewage. Pay attention to the age of your home and neighborhood and look out for these potential problems.
  • Large Rainfall Amounts – Heavy amounts of rain can crowd your main storm and sewer lines. If it turns out that your public system can’t handle large rainfall amounts, the flooding can make its way into the sewer lines linked to the mainline, and put your home or business in a potentially dangerous exposure of sewer backup. There is a risk of genuine health issues when in and around flooding waters in your region that happens from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other similar weather, when water merges 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 turn aerosolized and present a threat of inhaling in these contaminants. Be positive to use proper PPE to guard against these dangerous risks.

Our Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA process for sewage cleanup and sanitation

The PuroClean method for cleaning and restoring Category 3 water, which is sewer and contaminated water backup cleaning and restoration identified by IICRC industry regulations, consisting of:

1. To protect the safety of all occupants and personnel by restricting jobsite traffic to restoration and cleaning personnel only to help stave off any health related problems.

2. Assessment of the building and Health and Safety checks.

3. Ensure proper personal protection equipment (PPE) is being utilized by all restoration personnel. This may include but is not limited to:

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

4. Create engineering controls, critical 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. Eradication and disposal of all contaminated porous and semi-porous items that is not restorable – which can consist of 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. Actual cleansing of all remaining structures

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

11. All materials affected by water to be dried and returned to pre-loss condition

12. All equipment used on the project to be cleaned after restoration completion

13. All demo materials removed from the building

For Professional Sewage Cleanup in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA , Call PuroClean!

What happens if a sewer main backup occurs in your house or business? The correct answer is: Contact PuroClean! For the simple fact that PuroClean technicians are your ideal professionals for sewage abatement and cleaning services. With state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning systems, we efficiently restore, fix and completely cleanse the affected areas in your home or business.

The sheer expertise of our sewage removal and cleaning services, in addition to the speed that we deliver the work, as well as our empathy demonstrated throughout the entire project helps make PuroClean your perfect damage remediation and restoration company. We vow to do everything that’s needed and within our power to fully remediate properties in all the towns and cities that make up our service areas.

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


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