Toilet and sewer line backups could 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 sickness dangers if people or animals experience exposure. Repairing these problems ASAP is imperative, as is getting rid of the sewage from your premises. Having knowledge of what may cause sewer blockages may help you avoid a hazardous situation in your home or basement. Following is a list of things that may help prevent sewage backups that may occur in your home or business:

Why Sewage Backup Occurs

  • Blocked Sewer Line – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain pipes or main sewer pipes become blocked. For example: if one bathroom starts a sewage backup, the connected drain and/or many toilets and the main sewer may become caught up in the problem.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees with large strong imposing roots have the potential to grow through and around pipes, even demolishing sewer lines. Tree roots have the capability to reach a long distance and damage your pipes, causing a sewer backup. Keep an eye out for roots near your drain lines 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 crumbling over time – resulting in sewage backups, water filled homes, and basements full of sewage. Keep in mind the age of your home and surrounding area and look out for these potential problems.
  • Large Rainfall Amounts – Heavy amounts of rain can overcome your main storm and sewer mains. If it happens that your public system can’t handle large rainfall levels, the flooding can backflow its way into the sewer lines linked to the mainline, and put your home or business in a possibly dangerous possibility of sewer backup. There is a risk of serious health issues when in and around flooding waters in your area that happens from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other related weather, when water blends 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 convert to be aerosolized and present a risk of breathing in these contaminants. Be sure to use proper PPE to protect against these dangerous risks.

PuroClean’s process for sewage cleanup and sanitation in Edison, NJ

PuroClean’s process for cleaning and remediation of Category 3 water, aka sewer and contaminated water backup clean up according to the IICRC industry standards, is as follows:

1. Ensure the safety of all personnel and occupants by regulating onsite access to remediation personnel only to prevent health-related concerns

2. Health & safety survey and complete building assessment.

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

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

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

5. Removing any type of potential safety risks if at all possible.

6. Disposal, removal of bulk sewage water, soil, and contaminates.

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

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

8. Implement cleaning procedures and use of EPA approved 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. Drying of all items affected by the water intrusion back to pre-loss dry standard

12. Post restoration cleaning of all equipment used

13. All materials from demolition work removed completely

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Edison, NJ!

Call the PuroClean specialists for sewage abatement, cleaning and restoration. Whether it’s from a blocked toilet, flood waters or sewage drain 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 effectively clean and salvage all affected objects and structures.

The sheer value of our sewage removal and cleaning services, in addition to the speed in which we deliver the work, as well as our compassion demonstrated throughout the entire project helps make PuroClean your preferred damage remediation and restoration firm. We strive to do everything that’s needed and within our power to restore and rescue properties in all the neighborhoods that make up our coverage areas.

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


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