A sewage backup is undoubtedly one of the worst house hazards you can ever experience. Whether it comes through backups into sinks or floor drains, you are going to smell it, and you are going to hate it; the stench is simply unmistakable and unbearable. The causes of backed-up sewage can range from clogged sewer lines to tree root damage. Whatever the cause, the result is usually pretty much the same, and seeking out a sewer line repair expert as soon as possible is recommended. Here’s how you can clean up the mess after a sewer backup.
What to do immediately after a sewage backup:
- Clear out any children, seniors, and pets from the home until the disaster has been fixed.
- Turn off the water and avoid using it as it may be contaminated.
- Contact the utility company and have them shut off your gas supply (plus water) if you can’t do it yourself.
- Open the doors and windows to your home to allow proper air ventilation.
Cleaning the Mess
- Cleaning the mess after sewage backup is an unpleasant and risky endeavor. Before embarking on it, consider the extent of the spill. If the damage is extensive, it’s advisable that you get sewer repair services to take care of the mess for you. Nevertheless, you can take these steps to clean up the mess.
- Wear protective gear
- Sewer spills may contain contaminants that can cause infections. Therefore, proper protection is necessary. Rubber gloves, rubber boots, a face mask, and protective eyewear should be sufficient.
- Separate the contaminated section
- Shut the door between the contaminated area and the rest of the house as you don’t want sewage debris and water flowing to these regions. This includes airborne contaminants.
Assess and Drain
Try to identify what may have caused the sewage backup. If you can’t, it’s time to call sewer repair services as you might end up doing more damage than good. You can drain the sewage water using a pump or wet-dry vacuum with an appropriate filtration device.
You will probably notice sludge and debris once the water is drained. You will need a shovel to clear it out. Never use your hands. Place the sludge in heavy-duty plastic bags and dispose of it appropriately.
Scrub, Rinse, and Sanitize
Scrub all the areas affected by sewage backup. If the vinyl, carpet, and padding were affected by the backup, bag them up well and dispose of them. After thoroughly scrubbing the surfaces, rinse and disinfect the said areas with a cup of bleach and a gallon of water.
The above guidelines should offer optimal results. However, if you want to save yourself the hustle, call Doctor Drips at 615-970-0047. Let’s handle the dirty work, including all your sewer line repair needs.