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That Sure Isn’t Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: Four Steps to Take After a Sewage Backup in Your Bathroom

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO team members posing for a photo in front of van. Once your restoration is complete, you will likely want to update your plumbing system with preventative tools.

Sewer backup from extensive rains or clogged pipes can contaminate and infect your home, making it and its contents unsafe. While it’s easy to assume that the laundry room is the most vulnerable area, a bathroom, with its multiple drains and direct connection to waste lines, is equally if not more susceptible, and a bathtub backup is equally as likely as a toilet or floor drain backup. The question, then, is what do you do when a sewer backs up in your home?

1. Safety First

When there is sewage in your house, it’s necessary to take all safety precautions because there may be damaged wiring, mold, and hazardous pathogens; therefore, you should avoid contact with the contaminated area, turn off the power, and turn it off the water. If you must enter the area, then be sure to wear appropriate protective clothing.

2. Prevent Damage

To prevent further damage from a sewer backup, you should turn off your water, remove any contaminated objects, and ensure that clean areas remain clean. It is also a good idea to ventilate the area by opening windows and doors, preventing the buildup of humidity and further moisture. If the contaminated area is not contained, it is better to allow restoration specialists in the Raleigh, NC, area to handle any questionable materials and processes.

3. Begin Cleanup

The cleanup process may be extensive depending on the volume of sewage and the level of contamination. Essentially, you or the experts you hire will want to remove the excess water quickly and contain any contaminated objects to ensure minimal exposure. Depending on the extent of the damage, your insurance company or local municipality may require a professional crew, specializing in hazardous material, to clean your home.

4. Install Tools

Once your restoration is complete, you will likely want to update your plumbing system with preventative tools like an overhead sewer or a backwater valve to protect you from this type of damage in the future.

A sewer backup can be a dangerous thing, and, while the above steps may seem simple enough, the potential health risks may make it more prudent to ask for help.

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