It can happen suddenly, and take you by surprise. Finding your home has fallen victim to a sewer backup is both heartbreaking and unsafe. The restoration industry describes water that originates from a sewage source as grossly unsanitary, and it is labeled as “Category 3” water. This is the most severe type of water damage, and you should never attempt to clean up the area on your own. In fact, if you experience a major sewer backup of any kind, you should vacate the area immediately to avoid any serious health hazards. Our dedicated team of restoration professionals at Water Damage Minneapolis™ fully understands that a sewer backup in your home is a genuine emergency, and we do not hesitate to treat it like one. You can count on us to solve the underlying issue, remove the waste and water from your home, and ensure the danger is removed.
What is a sewer backup and how does it occur?
A sewer backup is an event that causes the accumulation of sewage in your home. The water is highly toxic, filled with bacteria that can cause severe damage to both your home and your health. There are many causes for a sewer backup. Some of the most common include blockages of sewer lines by tree roots and other types of pipe blockages. Small cracks in the pipe can allow roots to enter the pipe. Over time, the roots grow and spread until a significant blockage occurs. With nowhere for the sewage to go, it backs up and floods your home through a floor drain, toilet, tub, or any other connection to the sanitary sewer main. Other blockages can be caused by flushing items such as napkins, diapers, and other similar materials. Pouring grease down your drains can also harden inside your plumbing creating a backup as well.
It happened, now what do you do?
Prevention and protection are the first steps. All homeowners should talk to their insurance agent to ensure that sewage backups are covered in their policy. However, if you have just experienced a sewage backup into your home, the following steps can help to reduce the damage and keep you safe until the professionals arrive.
- First of all you need to contact a professional, IICRC certified restoration firm.
- Check the level of the backup and determine if the flow of water has stopped.
- Don’t use the sink or flush any toilets.
- Avoid touching the water or breathing in any fumes.
- If the water gets on your clothing, remove the soiled clothing.
- Vacate the area immediately to prevent any serious health hazards.
The Aftermath and Cleanup of a Sewer Backup
All water damage is of major concern to home and businesses owners. However, when water damage is caused by sewage, the issue becomes more critical. The cause of the backup needs to be resolved, the sewage must be removed, the area must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and construction may be necessary to correct any damage. One great benefit of working with Water Damage Minneapolis™ is that we can handle everything for you through the entire restoration process. You can rest easy knowing the restoration of your sewer backup is being done by trained and experienced professionals, so everything will be properly taken care of for you.
We are IICRC Certified for Sewage Damage Restoration
A sewage backup in your home involves much more than damage to your home, stress and anxiety can be extreme. Water Damage Minneapolis™ genuinely cares about our customers; we want to restore your home as soon as possible, so your life can also get back to normal. We are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), so you are assured that we have met the rigorous standards to guarantee excellence in water damage restoration, thorough cleaning and disinfecting all sewage damaged areas.
Water Damage Minneapolis™ is ready to come to your rescue!
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