Fouled sewer lines can excrete sewage; a thick, dark water 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 have sewage backup anywhere in your home or business . Quickly taking care of this will prevent the hazardous 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 incidents could be extremely helpful. We’ve created a list of things to aid in preventing and handling home or business sewage blockages:

Sewage Backup Causes

  • Considerable Rainfall – Excess rains can overwhelm your town or city’s storm sewer system. If this happens, the water can swell into the connected sewer lines bringing your home or business in possible danger of water backflow. Rising rivers and streams, hurricanes and other related events can cause flood and sewage waters to blend and present genuine health related dangers. You should be immensely cautious when wading in this type of water, and even stay watchful after the water recedes and dries up. It’s possible for the organic matter to be aerosolized and able to be inhaled, meaning there’s a chance you could breathe it into your lungs. To protect from contact or risk of inhaling these contaminants, proper PPE should be used at all times.
  • Tree Roots – Trees can have strong roots that grow into water or sewer pipes and crush or break them. Damage to pipes and a sewage backup can also be caused by tree roots that aren’t even on your land. Be very aware of any tree roots that can sprawl into your water and sewer pipes that lead to the main sewer line or septic system.
  • Old/Aging Sewer Pipes – Older and aging sewage structures are susceptible to breaking down and cracking, causing sewer backups, sewer filled basements as well as entire home flooding. The older your area or home may raise the threat of this type of damage occurring.
  • Clogged and Blocked Drain Pipes – If your house or business’s main sewer pipes or drain pipes become clogged, sewage may back up inside the building. A fine example is: if a single toilet causes a sewage backup, the adjacent pipes connected to that toilet, or the main drain pipes of more toilets, will also suffer backflow flooding.
  • Old and/or Damaged Lines – Aging sewage systems have a propensity to suffer damage and crumble, leading to sewer water influx and flooded dwellings full of sewage. If your home or area is older, the probability is greater that you’ll experience failing sewer lines than newer ones.
  • Copious Rainfall – Heavy and rapid downpours can overpower your local storm sewer lines rapidly. If these public sewer mains can’t deal with excess rainfall, water can backup and flow into connected sewer lines. This can put your home or business at risk of backflow difficulties. Local flood waters from events like rising rivers and creeks, hurricanes, or any rainy weather events can cause clean water to blend with sewage water and other chemicals and harmful toxins that cause serious health ailments. Use extreme caution when wading in this type of water, but also remain cautious once it dries. The dried organic material can turn aerosolized and turn respirable. Proper PPE needs to be utilized at all times to prevent contact and risk inhaling polluted air.
  • Blocked/Clogged Pipes – A clogged pipe or sewer line can cause sewage to back up into your dwelling or business. If only one toilet becomes fouled, the sewage backup can spread into the sewer pipes and disturb all linked toilets on that line.
  • Tree Roots – Tree roots can wreak havoc on water and sewer pipes. The roots from large trees can maneuver into and around the pipes and damage them excessively. If the roots under your property are not the problem, roots from nearby trees can cross property lines and harm your sewer pipes, causing a sewage problem. Be super aware of all tree roots that could affect your mainline sewer pipes and/or pipes leading to your septic tank.

Our Stuart and the Treasure Coast process for sewage cleanup and sanitation

Our methods for Category 3 water (also known as sewer and contaminated water backup) cleanup, adhering to the IICRC industry standards, consists of:

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

2. Health & safety survey and complete building assessment.

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. Create engineering controls, firm barriers if required to prevent cross-contamination.

5. Completely getting rid of any potential safety risks if possible.

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

7. Eradication and disposal of all contaminated porous and semi-porous material that is not restorable – which can include 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. Physical cleaning of all remaining structure items

10. A clearance inspection by a third-party Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is recommended to safeguard that 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. After completion of remediation – Cleaning of all equipment used

13. Disposal of all demo materials removed from the building

Call PuroClean for Professional Sewage Cleanup in Stuart and the Treasure Coast!

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

The professional nature of PuroClean’s sewage removal and cleaning solutions, the expeditious way in which we deliver them, and the care we demonstrate throughout the entire process make PuroClean your ideal damage restoration and remediation company. We vow to do whatever it takes to restore and rescue properties in all the areas we serve.

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

Karen has been cleaning our facility since April 5th. I can’t say enough about the quality of their work. I would highly recommend them.


Great customer service, helped us ease our minds when going through an unexpected water leak.



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