Excessive rain or thunderstorms can cause flooding in many areas, causing over-taxed sewers to spill over or back up into homes. The disaster is not only a mess, but it can be dangerous. Evaluate this information about sewer cleanup before you wade into the issue on your own.
There are a number of health issues that can result from encountering sewer back-up, depending on the exposure time and the germs contained in the sewage. Accidental ingestion of the germs due to improper cleaning can lead to gastrointestinal troubles including abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and nausea. Some bacteria found in raw sewage will cause liver infections or even liver failure.
You do not have to actually ingest the germs or bacteria for troubles to arise. Skin rashes or infections can be caused just by exposure to the sewage.
If you suspect a sewer backup, do not try to flush the toilets. If you have to touch anything that might be contaminated, use heavy rubber gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after contact. If there is standing water, turn off the power to avoid electrocution.
Next, call your local sewer department or public works. If you are on a septic system, contact a cleanup and restoration company. Contact your home insurance carrier to see if a company is recommended in your area.
It is an extensive process to clean up after a sewer overflow. The disease-causing germs and bacteria in sewage need to be completely eliminated to ensure the safety of your family and your home. The space needs to be dried completely and as soon as possible. Contaminated materials that are unable to be cleaned must be removed and discarded.
Professional chemicals may be necessary to get to all the locations that have been contaminated. The types of materials that have been exposed can also complicate the cleanup process.
The size of the job may be one of the biggest factors of whether you attempt it yourself or choose to hire a professional. Consider also the amount of time needed for the cleanup process and how much out-of-pocket expense you are willing to budget.
It may be wise to have a professional assess the extent of the problem before making your decision. Proper septic or sewer cleanup requires complete assessment and following a specific protocol to eliminate potential health risks.