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How Do We Prevent a Sewage Spill in Our Home?

How do we prevent a sewage spill and potential damage in our home?

Heavy storms, sewer blockages, and sewer pipe or septic tank failure can all cause sewage to back up into your home. In addition to the foul odor that comes with a sewage spill, property damage and unsanitary living conditions can occur. Therefore, it is crucial to clean up a sewage spill immediately.

If you have an outdoor sewage spill around your home, you must stop sewage from surfacing by eliminating water flow to into the sewer system. It is also important to repair the plumbing or sewage disposal system to prevent further failure. A clogged sewer pipe due to grease and other materials, or a damaged sewer pipeline due to tree root intrusion, misaligned pipe sections or other structural problems can lead to major sewage backups and spills.

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How should we begin the cleanup process after a sewage spill?

When you have a sewage backup in your home, that sewage contains bacteria, fecal matter, viruses and other microorganisms that can cause serious illness. Home sewage cleanup should begin right away. It is important that the affected area be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to prevent illness or further property damage.

  1. Keep children and pets out of the sewage contaminated area until it is properly cleaned and disinfected.
  2. Wear protective clothing, rubber gloves and rubber boots while working in contaminated areas.
  3. Avoid skin contact with sewage and wash hands frequently.
  4. Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces, such as linoleum, hardwood floors, wood and metal furniture. If wall-to-wall carpeting has been saturated with contaminated water, it is best to pull it up and get rid of it.
  5. Upholstered furniture may not be salvageable once it has come into contact with sewage contaminated water.
  6. Loose rugs, drapes, etc. should be professionally cleaned and disinfected.
  7. Clean and disinfect sinks, tubs, showers and other plumbing fixtures that have experienced sewage backup.
  8. Prevent mold growth by ensuring that all surfaces, furniture and affected areas have been completely dried and disinfected.