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How To Deal With Sewage Damage

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Deal With Sewage Damage Large water loss due to a broken pipe in Woodstock, GA

Residential floods in Woodstock, GA, can create a wide range of problems for homeowners. One common issue is sewage backup. When this happens, you need to undertake proper steps for sewer cleanup. The best way to make sure your home gets restored properly is to work with a residential water cleanup crew. You can also use these tips to help you deal with damage caused by dirty water.

Identify the Source

Before you can start cleaning up, you need to know where the sewage water entered your home and why. Common sources for this type of flooding include the following:

  • Clogged pipe
  • Flooded toilet
  • Broken line

Once you know what caused your unpleasant flooding, you and your professional team will be better prepared to create a repair plan that includes fixing the source of the leakage. Your cleanup crew may be able to inspect your home to help you find the source. Otherwise, you may have to hire a plumber.

Use Disinfecting Techniques

A sewer backup poses unique risks to your home. Because sewage is often full of contaminants, such as fecal matter and urine, you need to make sure any surfaces touched by the flooding are thoroughly cleaned. In some cases, you may have to replace porous building materials to completely remove the sewage from your house.

Turn to Specialized Equipment

Sewer cleanup requires different machines than a normal flood cleanup. This is because your standing water may include sludge from the sewage lines. You should talk with your remediation team about using a trash vac to help speed up the water-removal process. This specialized equipment can suck up water and some sludge. Don't forget anyone working in the area should also use personal protective equipment, including gloves and goggles, to protect themselves from the sewage.

Sewer cleanup often requires a bit more time than other forms of water damage restoration. You need to remove the water and disinfect your home before you can start with the remediation.

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