Obstructed sewer lines can release sewage; a thick, dark water that forms. Sewage water is a dangerous health hazard and unsanitary; containing contaminants like pathogens, viruses and bacteria. These dangerous contaminants may present risks of serious sickness if animals or humans suffer exposure. Timely repair is key if you experience sewage backup anywhere in your home or business . Quickly repairing this will prevent the hazardous 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 beneficial. We’ve put together a list of items to aid in preventing and handling home or business sewage backups:

Causes of Sewage Backup

  • Clogged Sewer Line – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain lines or main sewer lines become occluded. To present an example: if one toilet starts a sewage backup, the attached drain and/or many toilets and the main line may become caught up in the problem.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees with large strong long roots have the potential to grow into and around pipes, even crushing sewer pipes. Tree roots are able to reach a long distance and damage your pipes, leading to a sewer backup. Keep an eye out for roots near your drain lines or septic tank area to protect them from damage.
  • Aging & Damaged Sewer Lines – Aging sewer lines, pipes, drains and septic systems will fail by slowly cracking and crumbling over time – leading to sewage backups, flooded 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 – Heavy amounts of rain can overwhelm your main storm and sewer lines. If it happens that your public system can’t handle large rainfall levels, the water can make its way into the sewer lines connected to the mainline, and place your home or business in a possibly dangerous exposure of sewer backup. There is a risk of genuine health issues when in and around flooding waters in your town or city that occurs from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other similar weather, when water blends with sewage, contaminants and chemicals. When wading in these waters 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 threat of breathing in these contaminants. Be positive to use proper PPE to guard against these dangerous risks.

Our Montgomery, AL 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. Ensure the safety of all personnel and occupants by regulating onsite access to restoration personnel only to prevent health-related issues

2. Health and Safety checks and assessment of the jobsite.

3. Be positive that all restoration specialists are equipped with the precise personal protection equipment (PPE). This includes 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. Implement established engineering controls, critical barriers, to prevent cross-contamination.

5. Stopping all potential dangers and safety risks if possible.

6. Bulk water, soil, and contaminates removal

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

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

8. Implement cleaning procedures and use of EPA registered biocides and antimicrobials

9. Actual cleaning of all remaining structures

10. It is approved to schedule a third party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) for a safety clearance test to ensure the entire site is returned to pre-loss state 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

For Professional Sewage Cleanup in Montgomery, AL, Call PuroClean!

If a sewage drain line backup takes place in your home or business, contact the PuroClean professionals for sewage removal and cleaning services. Our employees use state-of-the-art tools, methods and cleaning systems to completely remediate the damaged building materials and contents.

We have proved time after time that our work and our specialists are top quality, efficient, and work with care and kindness for all involved. PuroClean is your ideal damage restoration and cleaning firm and we pledge to do whatever needs to happen to rescue and restore all homes and businesses in the communities we serve.

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

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