Toilet and sewer pipe backups may result in sewage entering your basement or other parts of your home or company. This dark, thick water is highly hazardous and contains quite a lot of dangerous contaminants. These contaminants consist of pathogens, bacteria and viruses and present health risks and sickness dangers if humans or animals experience exposure. Fixing these problems ASAP is highly important, as is removing sewage from your premises. Having information of what may cause sewer backups may help you avoid a hazardous condition in your home or basement. Following is a list of things that may help prevent sewage backups that may occur in your home or business:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Clogged Drain Pipes – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain pipes or main sewer pipes become occluded. To present an example: if one bathroom starts a sewage backup, the connected drain and/or multiple toilets and the main sewer may become blocked.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees that have large strong long roots have the ability to grow into and around pipes, even demolishing sewer pipes. Tree roots have the capability to reach a long distance and damage your pipes, causing a sewer backup. Keep an eye out for roots near your sewer mainline or septic tank area to prevent 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 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 – Large amounts of rain can overcome your main storm and sewer lines. If it turns out that your public sewers can’t handle large rainfall amounts, the water can work its way into the sewer lines connected to the mainline, and place your home or business in a possibly dangerous risk of sewer backup. There is a risk of severe health issues when in and around rising waters in your town or city that occurs from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other associated 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 turn aerosolized and present a risk of breathing in these contaminants. Be sure to use proper PPE to protect against these dangerous risks.

PuroClean’s process for sewage cleanup and sanitation in Powhatan, VA

PuroClean’s process for cleaning and remediation of Category 3 water, aka sewer and contaminated water backup clean up according to the IICRC industry standards, is as follows:

1. Ensure the safety of all personnel and occupants by managing onsite access to remediation personnel only to prevent health-related issues

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

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

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

6. Bulk water, soil, and contaminates removal

7. Disposing of any and all porous and semi-porous contaminated items that are unable to be saved, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Gypsum board (drywall)
  • Carpeting, rugs, pad, and/or underlayment
  • Vinyl flooring and underlayment
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Padded and upholstered objects

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

9. Full physical cleaning of all structure items that remain

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. All equipment used on the project to be cleaned after restoration completion

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

For Professional Sewage Cleanup in Powhatan, VA, Call PuroClean!

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

The sheer quality of our sewer water removal and cleaning services, along with the speed that we deliver the work, as well as our compassion demonstrated throughout the process helps make PuroClean your preferred damage remediation and restoration firm. We promise to do everything that’s needed and within our power to fully remediate properties in all the towns and cities that make up our service areas.

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


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