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The Best Options for Cleaning a Sewage Backup

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Sewer back up in La Marque,TX bathroom

There is never a good time for a sewer backup in your home. More than likely, one will occur at the end of the day or during a holiday weekend. Still, as a homeowner, when a backup occurs in La Marque,TX, it demands your full attention. You may wonder what steps you can take on your own, or with the help of your family members, and what steps require the services of a professional water cleanup service. A basic understanding of what you are dealing with is a good starting point. Contaminated water, sometimes known as black water, has the potential to be harmful to human health and should be approached with caution.

Steps To Take on Your Own

It pays to know your limitations when dealing with a sewer backup, but there are several things you can do once the problem is discovered. It is important to know that a bathtub backup may also contain sewer water. The following are a few reasonable and safe steps to take at once:

  • Make a quick call to a cleanup team
  • Alert all members to the presence of contaminated water
  • Shut off water lines that are easily accessible
  • Turn off electrical power that may be impacted by moisture
  • Keep pets out of contaminated areas
  • Move uncontaminated items away from the area.

It's vital to note that flooding can introduce black water to the property. Flood waters should be treated as potentially hazardous.

Steps To Leave to the Professionals

Any contact with the actual contaminated water or tainted items should be handled by trained workers with personal protective equipment. The cleanup crew can provide a quick inspection and damage assessment and inform you of what needs to be done. Specialized equipment such as sump pumps, wet vacs, industrial fans, ventilators and more will speed up the cleaning process and help your home recover from a sewer backup.

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