When sewer pipes become obstructed, the thick, black water that forms as sewage is a health hazard, and is tremendously unsanitary as it contains contaminants such as pathogens, bacteria, and viruses that may pose a risk of extreme sickness illness if exposed to humans or pets. If you have a sewage backup in your basement, or your toilet has backed up, you will need to fix it quickly, or you will end up with dirty water all over your floors. 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:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Drain Pipe Clogs – Sewage can back up into your home or business when either your drain lines or the main sewer line gets clogged. For example, if one commode creates a sewage backup, the drain tied to that toilet, or the mainline of multiple toilets, will likely also be obstructed.
  • Tree Roots – Trees with large roots can move into pipes and cause holes or crush the sewer line by encircling it. Even if the roots on your property are not the issue, roots from adjoining property can reach your sewer line and damage it, creating a sewer backup. Always be aware of roots where your sewer lines to the street or septic system is placed.
  • Aging Sewer Lines – Aging sewage systems may break down and crack, causing sewage blockages and flooded homes and basements. The older your neighborhood is, the greater chance of these types of issues.
  • Heavy Rainfall – Heavy amounts of rain can overburden your city’s storm sewer mains. If the public storm sewers can’t handle large amounts of rainfall, the water can make its way into connected sewer lines, which will put your home or business at risk of sewer backflows. City-wide flooding waters from events such as rising rivers and creeks, hurricanes, and other micro events can also combine with sewage waste and other chemicals and contaminants that can lead to health-related issues. Extreme care and safety is needed when trying to walk in these waters, and even when the water recedes and begins to dry out. Dried up organic materials can then become aerosolized and become respirable. Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn to prevent contact and risk of breathing in these contaminants.

Our Springfield, VA sewage cleanup and sanitation process

The PuroClean procedures for cleaning and remediating Category 3 water, which is sewer and polluted water backup cleaning and restoration as set forth by IICRC industry standards, consisting of:

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

2. Inspection of the work place along with health and safety surveys.

3. Ensure proper personal protection equipment (PPE) is being utilized by all restoration personnel. This may include 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. Implement established engineering controls, critical barriers, to alleviate cross-contamination.

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

6. Bulk water, soil, and contaminates removal

7. Eradication and disposal of all contaminate affected porous and semi-porous items that is not restorable – which can consist of 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 procedures implemented, as well as the use of EPA registered biocides and antimicrobials

9. Full physical cleaning of all structure items that remain

10. We recommend using a third-party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) to perform clearance testing to ensure the property is returned to a sanitary pre-loss state for health and safety.

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

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

13. All materials from demolition process removed completely

For the Perfect Professional Springfield, VA Sewage Cleanup Company, Call PuroClean Today!

What do you do if a sewer main backup occurs in your dwelling or business? The perfect answer is: Call PuroClean! Simply because PuroClean technicians are your absolute professionals for sewage removal and cleaning services. With the latest and greatest equipment and cleaning tools, we efficiently restore, fix and completely clean the affected areas in your home or business.

The high measure of our sewage abatement and cleaning services along with the speed in which we complete the work, and the absolute care we demonstrate throughout the process make PuroClean your complete water damage restoration and remediation company. PuroClean vows to do whatever it takes to save, 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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