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What to do after a sewage backup

Sewage Backup? Here’s what to do.

Sewer lines transport waste water away from your home through underground plumbing that leads to local sewer mains.

If the line clogs or fails, it can create a raw sewage backup in your home.

This is a grave hazard to your home.

Not only is the smell unbearable, but it is also a biohazard that destroys any absorbent material it touches and is incredibly difficult to dry and remove.

How dangerous is sewage?

Sewage contains a mix of both water and waste products.

This consists “of both organic and inorganic matter, including human wastes, mineral salts, and garbage,” according to How Stuff Works.

Organic material decomposes quickly and emits odorous gases.

These can be health hazards, especially coming from human waste.

Organic material also contains disease-causing pathogens, so quick and effective sewage removal is critical after any backup.

There’s a sewage backup in your home. Now what?

If you discover a sewer backup in the home, you can immediately:

  • Check all the toilets, sinks and waste pipes for blockages.
  • If there is a blockage that you can clear, clear it.
  • If needed, call a plumber for assistance.
  • Avoid using the toilets or sinks until the blockage has been removed.

If it’s a main line clog, the water will back up and then come up through the bathtubs or any cellar.

PLEASE NOTE: If standing water is in your cellar due to the sewage backup, never enter while the power is on – this is dangerous.

Electricity and water can kill.

Assess the risks

Dealing with a sewage backup can be dangerous.

It’s vital to assess the risks before attempting any clean-up.

Sewage-contaminated water can contain a variety of bacteria and viruses.

While not transmitted through the air, contact with skin can result in rashes or infection if you have even the smallest open sores or cuts.

Accidentally touching your nose, eyes or mouth with hands or gloves contaminated by sewage can make you sick.

When faced with a sewage backup, it is safer to call the professionals.

How ServiceMaster Restore helps

ServiceMaster Restore offers complete sewage clean-up services.

Our specially trained teams safely and effectively extract any water and sewage.

They will also assess any damage and complete a comprehensive remediation plan.

This may include dehumidification and drying services, as needed.

Sewer backups in the basement are smelly, messy and best left to the professionals.

This type of home disaster is also dangerous.

Keep yourself and your family safe, and let ServiceMaster Restore tackle the sewage backup.

You may not know what to do in an emergency like this. But we do.

Whatever the damage, we will be there for the aftermath.

In an emergency, call 0845 762 6828 or find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business to see how your local experts can help.