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Information on Sewage Backup

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Do You Have Sewer Backup in Your Basement?

Waste water is transported through underground sewer lines that direct sewage away away from homes and into sewer mains. If a clog forms in the line or if the line fails, it can create a raw sewage that will backup in your home. SERVPRO of Piscataway offers corrective services you might need for such a traumatic (and gross!) situation.

How Dangerous is Sewage?

Sewage contains a mix of both water and waste products, which consists of both organic and inorganic materials, including human wastes, mineral salts, and garbage. Organic material decomposes quickly and emits odorous gases that can be hazardous, especially when they come from human waste. Organic material often contains disease-causing pathogens, which is why the fast and complete removal of sewage is critical after any backup. Sewage can cause health effects. Sewage water is considered Category 3 water or black water.

When There's a Sewage Backup in the Basement.

Here are a few things you can do 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 basement.

If the backup is in your basement, look for the cap on the basement floor and make sure that it's easily accessible for the plumber or remediation team as needed.

Safety Tip: If there is standing water in your basement due to the sewage backup, never enter the space while the power is on – this is VERY dangerous. Electricity and water can kill.

Dealing with a sewage backup and water in the basement can be dangerous. It is very important to assess the risks and damage before attempting any cleanup. 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 you find a sewage backup in the basement, it's beneficial and often safer to call in the professionals.

Call us at SERVPRO of Piscataway for any questions or concerns 732-752-4445

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