Sewage flooding can be prevented with maintenance

The Dangers of DIY Sewage Flooding Cleanup

Water Restoration

Sewage flooding is undoubtedly a severe issue that requires immediate attention. While there are instances of minor flooding that homeowners can handle themselves, sewage flood cleanup is quite different. There are several risks inherent in cleaning up sewage flooding that can make it incredibly challenging to tackle as a DIY project. Depending on the situation, this type of flooding can pose health risks to you and your loved ones, cause damage to your home, and strain your finances. 

Health Risks of DIY Sewage Flood Cleanup

Sewage is a combination of greywater (domestic wastewater from sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers) and black water, which is the waste flushed down toilets. There are various causes of sewage backups at home, such as clogged pipes or damaged sewer lines.

It’s important to note that sewage, especially black water, contains harmful contaminants like parasites, viruses, and bacteria. Exposure to sewage without proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and following correct procedures can pose serious health risks. There is a potential of contracting diseases such as hepatitis A and encephalitis.

Sewage flooding cleanup should be done by a professional
Contaminants in blackwater can make it very dangerous to clean up.

Another risk to consider is the growth of mold during DIY sewage cleanup. Mold exposure can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms, particularly in children and individuals with compromised immune systems. Flooding creates an ideal environment for mold growth, requiring only moisture, organic material, and optimal temperature. Mold can start growing within 24 to 48 hours after the incident.

Why Sewage Flood Cleanup Requires Professional Restoration

Water damage is a problem that worsens over time. The longer you postpone addressing standing water, the more harm it can cause to your home. Your carpets, furniture, walls, and possessions can become damaged without prompt and proper intervention.

Moreover, sewage flood restoration presents distinctive challenges and real biohazard risks. Professional restoration technicians have the necessary equipment and adhere to safety protocols and remediation techniques that homeowners might not have and know.

Here’s what professionals do to restore your property:

  • Identify and address the cause of the sewage backup.
  • Pump out contaminated water and remove debris.
  • Sanitize the area using specialized cleaners and procedures; this helps eliminate bacteria and mold to prevent health risks and preserve the property and belongings.
  • Use industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying process.
  • Remove and replace damaged drywall and floors if necessary.
Prevent sewage flooding by keeping up with the maintenance on your pipes
Clogged sewage pipes can result in a backup.

Call PuroClean Restoration Specialists For Your Water Damage Remediation Needs Today

When it comes to water damage, especially when it involves sewage, time is truly of the essence. Whether it’s a burst pipe or flooding, the longer you wait to take action, the worse the problem can become. If you’re dealing with water damage in Scottsdale and surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to reach out to PuroClean Restoration Specialists. Our team of experts is standing by to assess the situation, develop a personalized remediation plan, and restore your space to its pre-damage condition. With years of experience and a commitment to top-notch customer service, you can trust us to do the job right. Please call us at (480) 767-5588 so we can assist you today. 

Last edited on 11th of July 2023