Fouled sewer lines can leak out sewage; a thick, dark substance that forms. Sewage water is a serious health hazard and unsanitary; which contains contaminants like pathogens, viruses and bacteria. These dangerous contaminants may present risks of serious sickness if animals or humans suffer exposure. Timely repair is key if you experience sewage backup anywhere in your home or business . Quickly taking care of this will prevent the dangerous waste water from staying in occupied areas. To stop a hazardous condition happening in your home or business, knowing what leads to the sewer incidents could be extremely helpful. We’ve put together a list of items to aid in preventing and handling home or business sewage backups:

Causes of Sewage Backup

  • Clogged Sewer Line – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain lines or main sewer lines become occluded. For example: if one toilet 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 potential to grow into and around pipes, even crushing sewer pipes. Tree roots are able to extend out to a long distance and wreak havoc on your pipes, leading to 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 can fail by slowly weakening and failing over time – leading to sewage backups, water filled homes, and basements full of sewer water. Keep in mind the age of your home and surrounding area and search for these potential problems.
  • Heavy Rainfall Amounts – Heavy amounts of rain can overwhelm your main storm and sewer mains. If it turns out that your public sewers can’t handle large rainfall amounts, the water can backflow 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 region that occurs from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other similar weather, when water merges with sewage, contaminants and chemicals. When wading in these waters 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 guard against these dangerous risks.

PuroClean’s process for sewage cleanup and sanitation in Rochester, NY

Our process for cleaning and restoration of Category 3 water, also known as sewer and contaminated water backup clean up following the IICRC industry standards, is as follows:

1. To protect the safety of all occupants and workers by restricting jobsite access to restoration and cleaning personnel only to help stop any health related occurrences.

2. Health and Safety survey and assessment of the entire work premises.

3. Ensure all PuroClean employees are supplied with and use the correct personal protection equipment (PPE). This includes, but isn’t limited to the following:

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

4. Engineering controls utilized and condemnatory barriers used (if needed) guarding against cross-contamination.

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

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

7. Getting rid of any and all porous and semi-porous contaminated articles that are unable to be restored, which includes but is not limited to:

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

8. Implement cleaning procedures and utilization of EPA registered biocides and antimicrobials

9. Actual cleaning of all remaining structures

10. A clearance inspection by a third-party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is recommended to ensure the building is returned to a pre-affected 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 materials from demolition work removed completely

For the Perfect Professional Rochester, NY Sewage Cleanup Company, Call PuroClean Today!

Call the PuroClean professionals for sewage abatement, cleaning and remediation. Whether it’s from a stopped up toilet, flood waters or sewer pipe backups to manage the problem for your dwelling. PuroClean uses the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and cleansing tools to completely and efficiently clean and salvage 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 empathy for all involved. PuroClean is your ideal damage restoration and cleaning firm and we pledge to do whatever needs to happen to rescue and restore all properties in the communities we serve.

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


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