Wondering how to clean a sewage backup? Here are all the steps that you need to follow to successfully clean the backup!
A sewage backup is a creeping health hazard. It might happen when the septic system overflows, the city sewer lines clog up, or there are clogged pipes in your home. To prevent the spread of various harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites, you need to clean the sewage backup as soon as possible. The important tip is to perform all the steps one by one for efficient cleaning.
Here are the steps that you need to take to clean a sewage backup in your home:
Shut Your Electricity and Gas
Contact the utility companies in your area to turn off the gas and electricity in your home. This step is vital particularly when the sewage backup is in your basement since appliances that are usually in the basement, such as gas furnaces and even your basement electrical outlets, might get affected by the backup.
Remove the Water and Salvage Your Belongings
Make sure to put on your safety equipment such as a face shield and rubber gloves. Use a dry or wet vacuum to remove any water from the backup. If the water level is too high, then use a pump to remove it. Sort your belongings into neat categories based on the things that need to be discarded and the things that you can salvage. You must throw away belongings such as toys, books, cosmetics, and carpeting. Put them all in trash bags and remove them from the affected area. Clean items might include clothing, some furniture, canned goods, etc.
Clean the Affected Walls
Use fresh water from a garden hose to spray down the affected area to remove any sludge from the backup. Remove that water with a pump or dry or wet vacuum. Clean the solids off the floor with the help of a broom and a dustpan. Fill a bucket with a disinfectant solution and some water as per the instructions on the bottle. Fill another bucket with some clean water. Dip a cloth rag in the cleaning solution and wash down the affected walls with it. Then, rinse the clean walls with water.
Clean the Affected Floors
Prepare a disinfectant solution in a bucket and use a mop to clean the affected floors. Then, dip the mop in clean water and clean the floors with it. Make sure to change the clean water ominously throughout the cleaning process so that the floor remains clean.
Kill the Bacteria
Once the cleaning is done, eradicate the bacteria on your walls and floors with a scrub brush that’s dipped in bleach. Open all the windows to ventilate the rooms so that the walls and floors can dry quickly. You can also use fans and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process.
Clean Yourself Up
After cleaning and disinfecting the affected areas, take a hot shower and clean your whole body with an antibacterial soap. Clean your fingers with a nailbrush. Do not drink, eat, or smoke until you’ve cleaned yourself thoroughly to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. Contact the utility companies to inspect the appliances after cleaning to ensure that they’re safe to use.
Even though you can take these DIY steps to clean the sewage backup in your home, it’s always best to contact a home restoration service to clean your property in the event of a massive backup. They will have the tools and expertise needed to clean your home thoroughly to get rid of all the bacteria, viruses, and parasites.