Obstructed sewer lines can leak out sewage; a thick, dark liquid that forms. Sewage water is a dangerous 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. Timely repair is key if you have sewage backup anywhere in your home or business . Quickly repairing this will prevent the dangerous waste water from lingering in occupied areas. To prevent a hazardous condition happening in your home or business, being aware of what causes the sewer problems could be extremely helpful. We’ve put together a list of things to aid in preventing and handling home or business sewage backups:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Clogged Drain Pipes – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain pipes or main sewer pipes become occluded. For example: if one bathroom starts a sewage backup, the connected drain and/or numerous toilets and the main sewer may become clogged.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees that have large strong plentiful roots have the capacity to grow into and around pipes, even demolishing sewer lines. Tree roots can reach a long distance and wreak havoc on your pipes, leading to a sewer backup. Be very aware of roots near your drain lines or septic tank area to prevent damage.
  • Aging & Damaged Sewer Lines – Older sewer lines, pipes, drains and septic systems will fail by slowly weakening and crumbling over time – resulting in sewage backups, water filled homes, and basements full of sewer water. Pay attention to the age of your home and surrounding area and keep an eye out for these potential problems.
  • Heavy Rainfall Amounts – Large amounts of rain can crowd your main storm and sewer mains. If it happens that your public system can’t handle large rainfall amounts, the water can backflow its way into the sewer lines connected 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 region that happens from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other related weather, when water combines with sewage, contaminants and chemicals. When wading in this waste use extreme caution, and also when the water decreases and starts drying. Organic substance that is dried out can then convert to be aerosolized and present a risk of inhaling in these contaminants. Be sure to use proper PPE to guard against these dangerous risks.

PuroClean’s sewage cleaning and sanitation process in Mobile, AL

Our process for cleaning and restoration of Category 3 water, aka sewer and contaminated water backup clean up following the IICRC industry standards, is as follows:

1. Ensuring safety for all personnel and occupants by placing strict rules on site access to remediation personnel only in order to prevent health related occurrences.

2. Valuation of the work place along with health and safety reviews.

3. Ensure all restoration employees are supplied with and use the proper personal protection equipment (PPE). This includes, but isn’t limited to the following:

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

4. Engineering controls put in place and condemnatory barriers used (if needed) preventing cross-contamination.

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

6. Clearing the site of all bulk water, soil, and contaminates.

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

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

8. Implement cleaning methods 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. All materials affected by excess waters are to be dried and returned to pre-loss dry condition

12. Post restoration cleaning of all tools and machinery used

13. All demo materials removed from the building

Call PuroClean for your Professional Mobile, AL Sewage Cleanup Needs!

When a sewage drain pipe backup occurs in your home or business, contact the PuroClean professionals for sewage removal and cleaning services. Our specialists use state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning systems to effectively remediate the damaged building materials and contents.

The high goals of our sewage removal and cleaning services along with the speed in which we complete the work, and the sheer compassion we demonstrate throughout the process make PuroClean your complete water damage restoration and remediation company. PuroClean promises to do whatever it takes to save, clean and restore all properties that lie within our service regions.

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

"We had a water pipe rupture under a sink in our kitchen...flooding several rooms in our house. We were out of town at the time, and the damage was extensive. PuroClean came out and immediately began [...]


Puroclean exceeded my expectations! They went above and beyond to make sure everything was handled. I am very happy with their services! Would definitely use them again if needed.



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