When sewer pipes become obstructed, the thick, black water that presents as sewage is a health danger, and is tremendously unsanitary as it consists of contaminants like pathogens, bacteria, and viruses that can present a risk of severe illness if exposed to people or pets. If you have a sewage backup in your basement, or your toilet has backed up, you will need to repair it quickly, or you will end up with sewage all over your floors. Knowing the cause of sewer backups, however, may help you prevent a hazardous occurrence in your basement, home or business. Following is a list of items that may help to prevent and handle sewage backups:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Blocked Drain Pipes – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain lines or main sewer lines become blocked. To present an example: if one commode starts a sewage backup, the connected drain and/or many toilets and the main sewer may become clogged.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees with large strong imposing roots have the ability to grow through and around pipes, even demolishing sewer pipes. Tree roots have the capability to extend out to a long distance and damage your pipes, causing a sewer backup. Be very aware of roots near your sewer mainline or septic tank area to guard from damage.
  • Aging & Damaged Sewer Lines – Older sewer lines, pipes, drains and septic systems can fail by slowly weakening and failing over time – resulting in sewage backups, water filled homes, and basements full of sewage. Pay attention to the age of your home and surrounding area and look out for these potential problems.
  • Large Rainfall Amounts – Large amounts of rain can overwhelm your main storm and sewer mains. If it turns out that your public system can’t handle large rainfall levels, the water can backflow its way into the sewer lines connected to the mainline, and put your home or business in a potentially dangerous possibility of sewer backup. There is a risk of severe health issues when in and around flooding waters in your town or city that happens from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other similar weather, when water blends with sewage, impurities and chemicals. When wading in these waters use extreme caution, and also when the water goes down and starts drying. Organic waste that is dried out can then become aerosolized and present a threat of inhaling in these contaminants. Be positive to use proper PPE to protect against these dangerous risks.

Our Murfreesboro, TN process for sewage cleanup and sanitation

The PuroClean procedures for cleaning and restoring Category 3 water, which is sewer and polluted water backup cleaning and restoration as set forth by IICRC industry standards, consisting of:

1. Ensure all employees and occupants stay safe by limiting access to the site to restoration employees only in order to thwart any health-related problems.

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

3. Ensure all cleanup and restoration personnel are supplied with the proper personal protection equipment (PPE). This may include but is not limited to:

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

4. Establish engineering controls, critical barriers if suitable to prevent cross-contamination.

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

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

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

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

8. Cleaning procedures put in place and the use of EPA approved biocides and antimicrobials

9. Physical cleaning of all remaining structure items

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

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Murfreesboro, TN!

Our technicians utilize state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning procedures to effectively restore and clean the damaged building materials and items from your dwelling or business. If a sewage drain line backup from blockage occurs, call our technicians for sewage removal and cleaning services.

The professional nature of PuroClean’s sewage removal and cleaning services, the expeditious way in which we deliver them, and the compassion we demonstrate throughout the whole process make PuroClean your ideal damage restoration and remediation company. We vow to do whatever it takes to restore and rescue properties in all the neighborhoods we serve.

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

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