Sewage backup into basements causes water damage, illness and can even lead to death in some cases. Several things can lead to sewage backup. The most common causes for leaks are foreign objects being flushed down toilets by children and cooking grease blocking up pipes. The waste in pipes gets backed up and bursts as a result. Homeowners are responsible for restoration of the leak and unclogging of pipes. If taken care of quickly the clean up efforts will not be costly. Sewage damage can actually effect several homes in the area as well. Sometimes carpeting may need to be removed. Although in the case of sewage, it is highly recommended to discard any carpet that has been affected. It is important for home owners to hire a professional service to take care of leaks and pipe blockage because there are severe health risks involved. Family members should be immediately evacuated and proper restoration services should be made.
Sewage clean up should only be handled by knowledgeable and skilled contractors that specialize in sewer restoration services. It needs to be done properly or bacteria and disease causing microorganisms will continue to spread. Even washing the flooded area can be dangerous for an individual and their family and can lead to waste staying in unseen areas. The harmful bacteria can also be tracked into other rooms of the home from walking through the infected area. The dangers of trying to clean up spills caused by sewage backup are from contact with fungi and bacteria. This can result from contact through inhalation, ingestion and skin absorption.
For sewage clean up to be successful it needs to be carried out by a group of workers that can adhere to the certification standards of the IICRC. These criteria provide thorough, safe restoration that can be carried out without costly measures. The amount of time for effective clean up will also be carried out quickly when these regulations are met. IICRC standards will allow team members to assess the risk of the sewage backup and to label whether it is sanitary or not, ensure that damage to property will be limited and follow laws for safety and health measures. To properly clean up an area that had flooding caused by a sewer backup, the area must be properly cleaned with disinfectant agents.