Blocked sewer lines can release 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 repairing this will prevent the dangerous waste water from lingering in occupied areas. To prevent a hazardous condition happening in your home or business, being aware of what causes the sewer backups could be extremely helpful. We’ve put together a list of things to aid in preventing and handling home or business sewage backups:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Blocked Drain Pipes – Sewage backs up into your home or business when your drain lines or main sewer lines become blocked. For example: if one bathroom starts a sewage backup, the connected drain and/or multiple toilets and the main line may become caught up in the problem.
  • Imposing Tree Roots – Trees with large strong plentiful roots have the potential to grow through and around pipes, even demolishing sewer pipes. Tree roots have the capability to extend out to a long distance and wreak havoc on your pipes, leading to a sewer backup. Be very aware of 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 weakening and crumbling over time – resulting in sewage backups, flooded homes, and basements full of sewage. Keep in mind the age of your home and neighborhood and keep an eye out for these potential problems.
  • Large Rainfall Amounts – Heavy amounts of rain can overwhelm your main storm and sewer lines. If it happens that your public sewers can’t handle large rainfall levels, the water can work its way into the sewer lines linked to the mainline, and set your home or business in a likely dangerous possibility of sewer backup. There is a risk of severe health issues when in and around flooding waters in your town or city that occurs from flooding in rivers and streams, hurricanes, and other associated weather, when water blends with sewage, contaminants and chemicals. When wading in these waters use extreme caution, and also when the water decreases and starts drying. Organic waste that is dried out can then become aerosolized and present a risk of inhaling in these contaminants. Be sure to use proper PPE to protect against these dangerous risks.

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

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

1. Ensure all employees and occupants remain safe by restricting access to the site to remediation employees only in order to stop any health-related issues.

2. Health and Safety checks and assessment of the jobsite.

3. Be thorough that all restoration workers 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. Engineering controls utilized and condemnatory barricades used (if needed) stopping cross-contamination.

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

6. Eradication of bulk 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 procedures put in place and the use of EPA registered biocides and antimicrobials

9. Manual cleaning of all remaining structure items

10. A clearance test by a third-party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is recommended to assure the building is returned to a pre-affected condition for health and safety.

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

12. Post remediation cleanup of all equipment used

13. Disposal of all demolished materials removed from the building

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

When a sewage drain line backup takes place in your home or business, contact the PuroClean professionals for sewage removal and cleaning services. Our specialists use state-of-the-art tools, methods and cleaning systems to efficiently remediate the damaged structures and contents.

PuroClean has proved time after time that our methods and our specialists are top quality, efficient, and work with care and empathy for all involved. PuroClean is your ideal damage restoration and cleaning group and we pledge to do whatever needs to be done to save and restore all properties in the communities we serve.

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


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