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How to Stay Safe During a Sewage Backup

Published by 911 Restoration Los Angeles on April 22, 2014 in category: Water Damage Restoration

water damage los angeles caSewage contamination within the home is no joke. As a matter of fact, a couple in California recently filed a lawsuit against a popular reality television show due to faulty, incomplete work that resulted in damage to their home. According to the report, an unfinished pipe leaked around 200 gallons of sewage into their home. While the suit does not mention the specific damages that they are suing for, these types of accidents are very serious in nature. Things like this happen every day, and it is best that you know a little about sewage backups just in case.

Risks Associated With Sewage Backup

A sewage backup into the home does not just destroy belongings and cause water damage. In addition to the foul odor, the sewage itself can pose serious health risks to the homeowner. Sewage contains all sorts of bacteria including parasites that can lead to illness. Mold and mildew can also result from the moisture associated with this leakage. It is really a complex problem that can have some very grave repercussions. If the mess is not cleaned up promptly, and properly, you may be jeopardizing the health of your family and putting the structure of the home at risk as well. This is not one of those do-it-yourself projects that you can complete in little to no time.

Leave it to the Professionals

There are several measures that should be taken when cleaning up sewage that the average consumer is unaware of. For example, it is necessary to not only clean the area but thoroughly sanitize it as well. Some of the organisms found in sewage will not be destroyed with some good old fashioned soap and water. It often requires cleaning at specific temperatures, with agents that are specifically designed to kill the type of organisms found in sewage. Another concern is not only the cleaning, but preventing damage to the home. Professional measures here include determining what is salvageable and what is not. For example, flooring and even cabinets must be inspected because restoration services are often needed as well. This is not something for the untrained eye.

Where to Turn to For Help

Sewage backup can be a devastating event. In addition to calling for professional help, there are a few things that you can do in the meantime. This can include removing pets, children and unharmed objects from the affected area, such as personal belongings. I also recommend turning off the power in the damaged area as a safety precaution. Depending on the nature and cause of the sewage, the main water supply may need to be shut off too. When possible, the spill should be contained to one area. Don’t remain in the area of the leak, as raw sewage can cause severe illness. While these things may seem small, they can help prevent further damage to the home and help ensure safety until professionals arrive on the scene.

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