When sewer pipes become blocked, the thick, black water that presents as sewage is a health danger, and is extremely unsanitary as it consists of contaminants such as pathogens, bacteria, and viruses that can present a risk of severe illness if exposed to humans or animals. 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 home or business. Knowing what causes sewer backups, however, may help you avoid a hazardous situation in your basement, home or business. Following is a list of items that may help to prevent and deal with sewage backups:

Causes of Sewage Backup

  • Considerable Rainfall – Excess flooding can overpower your town or city’s storm sewer system. If this happens, the waste can expand into the attached sewer lines bringing your home or business in possible compromise of water backflow. Growing rivers and streams, hurricanes and other relevant events can cause flood and sewage waters to blend and present genuine health related dangers. You should be extremely cautious when wading in this type of water, and even stay vigilant after the water recedes and dries up. It’s probable for the organic matter to become aerosolized and respirable, meaning there’s a chance you could breathe it into your lungs. To prevent contact or risk of inhaling these contaminants, legitimate PPE should be used at all times.
  • Roots from Trees – Trees can have strong roots that grow into water or sewer pipes and crush or damage them. Damage to pipes and a sewer backup can also be induced by tree roots that aren’t even on your premises. Be acutely aware of any tree roots that can sprawl into your water and sewer pipes that lead to the central sewer line or septic system.
  • Old/Aging Sewer Pipes – Older and aging sewage systems are susceptible to breaking down and cracking, causing sewer backups, sewer filled basements along with entire home flooding. The older your area or dwelling may raise the chance of this type of catastrophe occurring.
  • Clogged and Blocked Drain Pipes – If your house or business’s main sewer pipes or drain pipes become blocked, sewage may back up inside the building. A fine example is: if a single commode causes a sewage blockage, the adjacent pipes connected to that toilet, or the main drain pipes of more toilets, will also become backed up.
  • Old and/or Damaged Lines – Older sewage systems have a tendency to fail and crack, leading to sewage backups and flooded homes or businesses full of sewage. If your home or area is older, the likelihood is greater that you’ll experience impaired sewer lines than newer ones.
  • Copious Rainfall – Heavy and rapid downpours can defeat your local storm sewer lines rapidly. If these public sewer pipes can’t deal with excess downpours, water can backup and flow into connected sewer lines. This can put your home or business at risk of backflow problems. Area flood waters from events like rising rivers and creeks, hurricanes, or any similar weather events can cause clean water to mix with sewage water and other chemicals and harmful toxins that cause serious health ailments. Use extreme caution when wading in this type of waste, but also stay cautious once it dries. The dried organic matter can turn aerosolized and turn respirable. The right PPE needs to be utilized at all times to stop contact and risk inhaling tainted air.
  • Blocked/Clogged Pipes – A clogged pipe or sewer line can cause sewage to back up into your dwelling or business. If only one commode becomes backed up, the sewer water backup can spread into the sewer pipes and influence all connected toilets on that line.
  • Roots from Trees – Tree roots can cause damage to water and sewer pipes. The roots from large trees can maneuver into and around the pipes and damage them tremendously. If the roots under your property are not the problem, roots from nearby trees can cross property lines and ruin your sewer pipes, causing a sewage problem. Be super aware of all tree roots close to your mainline sewer pipes and/or pipes leading to your septic tank.

PuroClean’s process for sewage cleanup and sanitation in Naples, FL

Our methods for Category 3 water (also known as sewer and contaminated water backup) cleanup, adhering to the IICRC industry standards, consists of:

1. To ensure the safety of all occupants and personnel by restricting jobsite traffic to restoration and cleanup personnel only to help prevent any health related problems.

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

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 barricades used (if needed) guarding against cross-contamination.

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

6. Eradication of bulk water, dirt, 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:

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

8. Cleaning methods put in place and the use of EPA certified biocides and antimicrobials

9. Physical cleaning of all remaining structure items

10. It is recommended to hire a third party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) for a safety clearance test to ensure the jobsite is returned to pre-loss condition for health and safety.

11. All items and structure affected by the water to be dried and returned to pre-loss dry conditions

12. Post restoration cleaning of all tools and machinery used

13. Disposal of all remaining materials removed from the site

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Naples, FL!

What happens if a sewer main backup occurs in your dwelling or business? The correct answer is: Call PuroClean! For the simple fact that PuroClean technicians are your absolute professionals for sewage abatement and cleaning services. With state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning systems, we efficiently restore, fix and completely cleanse the affected parts in your home or business.

The high standard of our sewage removal and cleaning services along with the speed in which we complete the work, and the absolute care we practice throughout the process make us your complete damage restoration and remediation company. PuroClean vows to do whatever it takes to rescue, clean and restore all properties that lie within our service regions.

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

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Naples, FL

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FAQ

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