Sewage Back-ups Tips for Homeowners

Posted on: January 20, 2016 by in Water Damage
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Yes, sewage back-ups are disgusting. Every time you flush a toilet, run your dishwasher and garbage disposal, make use of the washing machine and wash your hand, it add up to your sewer system. As a result, a little block is unsanitary and could cause a serious problem for every toilet and drain in your house. This is because of the contaminants contained in the sewage spills that can cause serious disease or illness. Raw sewage contains disease-causing agents such as fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasite. This agent can infect you with dangerous illnesses such as Hepatitis. Thus, the sewage back-ups can be a serious health hazard in your building. Here are few tips to help you prevent sewer backups as well as know how to respond to a sewage leak or spill.

Tips to help you minimize sewer backups

• Be careful of what you place in your drains

You should avoid adding food substance such cooking oils, grease, fibrous vegetable, rice, potatoes, coffee grounds and eggshells down your drain.

• Watch what you flush down a toilet

You should never flush diaper, feminine products, and paper towel down a bathroom. You should only flush toilet paper because they do disintegrate.

• Replace your sewer lines with today’s newer PVC or plastic pipe

Rocks and trees roots usually infiltrate sewage line. If this happens, you can replace old clay and metal lines with plastic pipe.

• Install a valve in the basement of the building

You can install this fixture into a sewer line to let the sewage water leave your home and not to come back.

• Keep checking your yard for soft spots

If you locate softer ground than usual around your water line, and it has not rained for some time, this could be an indication of a leakage.

Tips on the prior actions when sewer system back-ups enter your house

1. A building contaminated with sewage-spill is not safe to enter

Such a building may have unsafe electrical wiring, mold hazards, pathogens and bacterial risk as well as unsafe mechanical systems. So, you should turn off electricity and vacate the area right away.

Also Read: Safe Flood Cleanup Tips

2. Perform any damage control measure

If there are things that one can do to stop the entry or spread of the sewage water in the building, then he should do that. However, one should never handle any sewage-contaminated content without the appropriate personal safety protection. These measures may include stopping a toilet overflow or turning off water taps that are taking water into the drainage system. You can remove some of the contents that are contaminated by the sewage such as upholstered furniture, carpeting, and curtains. It is also important to protect uncontaminated contents by moving them to safer dry areas. Also, open curtains, doors and windows to reduce the humidity and bad odor in the house. Finally, you must call a Certified Restoration Company whenever your septic system backs up into your building.

3. Cleaning the spill

The longer the content of the sewage backup stays in your building, the greater the likelihood of spreading diseases to those around your home. So, you should act promptly. You need to employ a professional water restoration or damage company to help you clean the mess. Immediate remediation will help you to avoid any escalating cost as the restoration cost continues to increase the more you delay the cleanup.

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