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It’s fairly common knowledge that a sewage backup is one of the most unpleasant experiences you can face in your home. What you may not be aware of is the potential amount of property damage, sanitation issues, and serious health risks.

When you experience a sewage backup in your home, it is critical to have a specialist on the scene as quickly as possible to mitigate the damage. Our sewage specialists have the training, tools, and equipment to respond to your emergency and prevent further damage and health risks to you and your family.

What Causes Backups?

Drain and sewer backups are caused by a variety of problems including:
Root infiltration
Soil settlement
Foundation flaws
Improper object flushed down the toilet
Weather-induced flooding
Pipe leakage or blockage
Grease buildup
Collapsed pipe
Defects in the septic system or supporting structure
Clean Water
Category 1 water comes from a clean water source such as a leaky faucet or broken water line. This water is not harmful when first introduced in your home, but this can quickly change if left untreated. Given the appropriate length of time, contact with surrounding contaminants, and temperature, clean water can deteriorate into category 2 or 3 water and pose health risks.
Gray Water
Category 2 water typically takes form from toilet overflow (no feces present), washing machine overflow, or dishwasher overflow.. Gray water contained bacteria and viruses that can cause discomfort and illness to persons in the home.
Black Water
Category 3 water is water sourced from flooding lakes, streams, and rivers, water from the toilet with feces or beyond the toilet trap, and standing water that has deteriorated to support microbial growth. Black water can cause severe illness when inhaled, and even death if ingested, so avoid contact with category 3 contaminated water at all costs.

Types of Contaminated Water to Be Aware Of

There are three types of contaminated water that can result from a sewage backup or other plumbing issue
Since any severity of sewage backup has the potential to cause property damage and become hazardous to your health, it is crucial that you call sewage cleanup specialists to deal with the problem rather than attempt to clean it up yourself.

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Health Risks of a Sewage Backup

Sewage water – particularly black water – can cause a range of health risks that make it incredibly dangerous to inhale or come in contact with. A few diseases associated with black water are:

  • E.coli: which causes abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, and even death in extreme cases
  • Hepatitis: which causes liver infections or failure
  • Acanthomeba: which causes infections in the ear, nose, eye, and throat 
  • Salmonella: which causes diarrhoea and abdominal cramping 
  • Helicobacter Pylori: which causes an increased of ulcers

     

  • Leptospirosis: which causes vomiting and muscle aches 

Contaminated water can also lead to mold growth and spores in the air, which can be hazardous for your health as well.

Property Risks of a Sewage Backup

While we typically associate sewage with health hazards and a detestable smell, there are also risks to your property. Sewage backups can cause property damage in several ways: 

 

  • Water Damage. Water damage causes mold growth, structural issues such as rotting wood, floors, and ceilings, and damaged property contents and belongings that may be difficult to replace, especially for sentimental items. 
  • Structural Damage. After a backup, you may need to replace a portion of your structural materials including flooring, baseboards, drywall and insulation, as well as household items such as appliances and furniture. If left untreated by a professional, a sewage backup can weaken or permanently damage drywall, plaster, wooden studs, and subflooring that require rebuilding to fix. 
  • Cosmetic Damage. Sewage water can discolour and permanently stain carpets, floors, ceilings, and walls. It can also damage furniture, personal belongings, fabrics, upholstery, and metal surfaces

 

Electrical Damage. Sewage water will damage washing machines, dryers, furnaces, refrigerators, dishwashers, hot water tanks, and electrical systems, wiring, and outlets.

When to Call a Professional Sewage Cleanup Company

Although some minor backups can be cleaned up on your own, there are numerous instances where a professional sewage backup company is necessary: 

  • The backup did not occur within the last 24 hours, or has been sitting for an undetermined number of hours. Bacteria and viruses spread quickly and it becomes much more dangerous to clean up. 
  • The spill travels through more than one room in your home
  • The backup is caused by a septic tank or a sewer; these spills require a specialist
  • There is even a minor possibility that the sewage came in contact with your air conditioning system – you’ll need professional duct cleaning to restore your home’s air quality and purity
  • There are health concerns in your family that contaminants can aggravate and make worse

Proven, Effective Sewage Cleanup Process

Since any severity of sewage backup has the potential to cause property damage and become hazardous to your health, it is crucial that you call sewage cleanup specialists to deal with the problem rather than attempt to clean it up yourself.
1. Removal of sewage and water
Removal of sewage and water to eliminate bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Water extraction is done with vacuums for smaller backups, or is pumped out of your home if dealing with a larger spill.
2. Removal of contaminated property
Removal of contaminated property including flooring and carpets, furnishings, and any other surfaces that have been exposed to contamination. This may also include personal belongings that cannot be salvaged.
3. Dry and ventilate the area
Use of air movers to dry and ventilate the area of the contamination. We use professional-grade dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out affected areas quickly and effectively to prevent any further damage. This step can take several days for large backups.

Our Process

Since any severity of sewage backup has the potential to cause property damage and become hazardous to your health, it is crucial that you call sewage cleanup specialists to deal with the problem rather than attempt to clean it up yourself.
4. cleaning and sanitation
Thorough cleaning and sanitation of the affected area to prevent the spread of disease causing microbes and mold or mildew growth. We also deodorize the area to eliminate odors and protect against the growth of bacteria, parasites, viruses, and mold. We’ll also take care of materials and home contents that were salvaged.
5. Removal of contaminated property
The final step is reconstruction to restore the area to its former glory. Rebuilding can include laying new flooring or carpet, hanging new drywall, installing new appliances and fixtures, and rectifying structural issues.

Choose Effective Sewage Cleanup Services for Your Next Backup

Since any severity of sewage backup has the potential to cause property damage and become hazardous to your health, it is crucial that you call sewage cleanup specialists to deal with the problem rather than attempt to clean it up yourself.
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