Toilet and sewer pipe backups may result in sewage entering your basement or other areas of your home or company. This dark, thick water is extremely hazardous and contains many dangerous contaminants. These contaminants are made up of pathogens, bacteria and viruses and present health risks and illness dangers if people or animals experience exposure. Finding a remedy to these problems ASAP is imperative, as is getting rid of the sewage from your property. Having information of what may cause sewer blockages may help you avoid a hazardous situation in your home or basement. Following is a list of things that may help prevent sewage backups that can occur in your home or business:

Why Sewage Backup Occurs

  • Clogged Sewer Line – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain pipes or main sewer pipes become clogged. For example: if one commode starts a sewage backup, the attached drain and/or multiple toilets and the main line may become fouled.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees with large strong imposing roots have the potential to grow through 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. Keep an eye out for roots near your drain lines or septic tank area to protect them from damage.
  • Aging & Damaged Sewer Lines – Older sewer lines, pipes, drains and septic systems will fail by slowly cracking and failing over time – causing sewage backups, water filled homes, and basements full of sewage. Pay attention to the age of your home and community and search for these potential problems.
  • Heavy Rainfall Amounts – Heavy amounts of rain can overcome your main storm and sewer lines. If it happens that your public sewers can’t handle large rainfall levels, the flooding can backflow its way into the sewer lines connected to the mainline, and place your home or business in a possibly dangerous possibility of sewer backup. There is a risk of serious health issues when in and around rising waters in your town or city that happens from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other associated weather, when water combines with sewage, contaminants and chemicals. When wading in this waste use extreme caution, and also when the water goes down and starts drying. Organic substance that is dried out can then turn aerosolized and present a threat of breathing in these contaminants. Be positive to use proper PPE to protect against these dangerous risks.

Our Oshkosh, WI process for sewage cleanup and sanitation

The PuroClean method for cleaning and restoring Category 3 water, which is sewer and tainted water backup cleaning and restoration identified by IICRC industry regulations, consisting of:

1. To ensure the safety of all occupants and personnel by limiting jobsite access to restoration and cleanup personnel only to help stop any health related situations.

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

3. Be positive that all restoration specialists are equipped with the proper 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. Put engineering controls in place, as well as critical barriers if needed to stop any cross-contamination from occurring.

5. Eliminating any and all probable safety risks if possible.

6. Disposal, removal of bulk sewage water, soil, and contaminates.

7. Remove and dispose of all contaminated porous and semi-porous materials that are not able to be restored, which could include 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 processes put in place and the use of EPA approved biocides and antimicrobials

9. Manual cleaning of all remaining structure areas

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

11. Drying of all materials affected by the water intrusion back to pre-loss dry standard

12. Post remediation cleaning of all equipment used

13. Transfer and disposal of all demo materials removed from the site

For the Perfect Professional Oshkosh, WI Sewage Cleanup Company, Call PuroClean Today!

Our technicians put to use state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning processes to effectively restore and clean the unsound building materials and contents from your home or business. If a sewage drain pipe backup from blockage is your problem, call our professionals for sewage removal and cleaning services.

The professional nature of our sewage removal and cleaning solutions, the expeditious way in which we deliver them, and the care we demonstrate throughout the entire process make PuroClean your perfect damage restoration and remediation company. We will strive to do whatever it takes to restore and rescue properties in all the areas we serve.

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

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