Blocked 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 suffer exposure. Timely repair is key if you have sewage backup anywhere in your home or business . Quickly repairing this will prevent the hazardous waste water from staying in occupied areas. To stop a hazardous condition occurring in your home or business, knowing what causes the sewer problems could be beneficial. We’ve created a list of things to aid in preventing and dealing with home or business sewage blockages:

Why Sewage Backup Occurs

  • Drain Pipe Clogs – Sewage can back up into your home or business when either your drain lines or the main sewer line gets clogged. For example, if one commode creates a sewage blockage, the drain tied to that toilet, or the mainline of more toilets, will likely also be obstructed.
  • Tree Roots – Trees with large roots can grow into pipes and cause holes or alter the sewer line by encircling it. Even if the roots on your property are not the problem, roots from adjoining property can reach your sewer pipe and damage it, creating a sewer backup. Always be cognizant of roots where your mainline to the street or septic system is placed.
  • Aging Sewer Lines – Aging sewage systems could break down and crack, causing sewage blockages and flooded homes and basements. The older your area’s houses are, the greater possibility of these types of incidents.
  • Heavy Rainfall – Sudden large amounts of rain can overburden your city’s storm sewer lines. If the public storm sewers can’t handle large amounts of rainfall, the water can make its way into attached sewer lines, which will put your home or business at risk of sewer backflows. Area-wide flooding waters from events such as rising rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other micro events can also mix with sewage water and other chemicals and harmful bacteria that can cause health-related issues. Extreme caution is needed when wading in these waters, and even when the sewer water recedes and begins to dry out. Dried out organic waste can then become aerosolized and present the possibility of breathing it into your lungs. Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn to stop any contact and the danger of breathing in this harmful matter.

Our Dayton, OH, Cincinnati, OH sewage cleanup and sanitation process

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

2. Inspection of the jobsite along with health and safety reviews.

3. Be thorough that all restoration employees are equipped with the precise personal protection equipment (PPE). This includes 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. Create engineering controls, firm barriers if suitable to prevent cross-contamination.

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

6. Eradication of bulk water, dirt, and contaminates.

7. Removal of all contaminated porous and semi-porous materials that are not salvageable, which can include but are not limited to:

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

8. Cleaning procedures implemented, as well as the use of EPA registered 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

For the Perfect Professional Dayton, OH, Cincinnati, OH Sewage Cleanup Company, Call PuroClean Today!

Contact the PuroClean professionals for sewage removal, cleaning and remediation. Whether it’s from a stopped up toilet, flood waters or sewage drain backups to manage the problem for your dwelling. PuroClean uses the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and cleansing tools to completely and effectively clean and restore all affected objects and structures.

PuroClean has proved time after time that our methods and our technicians are top quality, efficient, and work with care and compassion for all involved. PuroClean is your ideal damage restoration and cleaning group and we pledge to do whatever needs to be done to save and restore all homes and businesses in the communities we serve.

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

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