Any instance of water damage, even the smallest occurrences, are usually enough to create a mess. It is also a mess that, more often than not, is extraordinarily difficult to properly remediate and restore. Now add something else to the equation, namely water or flooding that has sewage as its base content. Sewage overflow and flood damage takes the problem to a whole new level, one that has the potential to not only destroy your home and possessions, but also threaten the very health of you and your family.
Sewage based flooding can happen either through a backed up toilet, which may affect one room or slightly more, or backed up sewer lines, which can be more serious and end up trashing an entire home. Sewage backflow valves are highly recommended, as they are designed to trip and activate whenever the water flow begins to back up. This shuts off the line back into the house and prevents sewage from having access to the home.
Water is basically classified in three categories: Category 1 Water – Also known as “Clean Water”, this is water that is uncontaminated at the source and will pose no danger if exposed to or ingested by humans or animals. This would include broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows, or appliance malfunctions involving water supply lines. Category 2 Water – Also known as “Grey Water”, this is water that may have some physical or chemical contaminants present and may cause a measure of illness or discomfort if exposed to or consumed by humans or animals. Grey Water is often the result of toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures, and discharge from dishwasher and washing machines.
Category 3 Water – Also known as “Black Water”, this is water that is highly contaminated from the source and may cause serious illness and discomfort if exposed to or ingested by humans or animals. Black Water contains unsanitary agents, fungi, parasites, and viruses, and is almost always associated with sewage malfunctions or backups.
Sewage backup is the worst home related damage that a property owner can experience. Not only is it repulsive to sight and smell, but it carries with it the threat of more serious health related hazards if not promptly treated. The excess water will need to be removed, every affected surface dried out, and then the entire area disinfected and sanitized, probably more than once. Only through rapid and efficient action can you hope to avoid the health hazards and problems that go along with sewage based flooding.
The first order of business is to locate the source of the flooding and shut it off or block it. It does little good to perform water damage repair while the water is still coming in. Once the water flow has been eliminated, turn off all utilities serving the structure. You do not want to be working in or around any sort of flood waters while the electricity is still on. If you are unable to reach the shutoff valves, contact and electrical or gas technician who can do it for you.
The excess water will need to be removed before any drying can take place, and this is usually done through shop vac units or gas powered submersible pumps. The type of unit used depends on the depth and severity of the spill. Due to the nature of the flooding in this case, professional water extraction is always recommended.
The pros at 24/7 Water Restoration are experienced in handling this type of flood problem, and have the tools and techniques at their disposal to be able to handle even the largest cases of sewage based water damage. Available 24/7, they are able to have a technician on your doorstep within an hour of your call, ready to assess the situation and begin the water damage restoration process.
Once the excess water has been removed, then individual items such as furniture and valuables can be looked at. In some cases, these items may be salvaged and restored, while others may have to be thrown out and replaced. This of course depends on the material that comprises the piece. Solid items such as those made out of metal may be salvaged, while items made from wood or other porous materials may require specialized treatment in order to be saved. Textile based items such as clothing, draperies, bedclothes, and mattresses should be thrown out, as it will be less expensive and safer to simply replace them. This also goes for carpeting and carpet padding that has been exposed to sewage based flooding.
Mold is a common byproduct of any type of water damage. It typically begins appearing within 72 hours following a water damage event, but this time frame may be shortened to 48 hours in the event of sewage based flooding. It is long term problems such as this that make it important to begin the restoration process as soon as possible following any type of flood problem, but especially so when it comes to sewage based problems.
For all of your fire and water damage repair and remediation issues, contact the professionals at 24/7 Water Restoration. Certified by the Clean Trust, they are available and ready to handle all of your water, mold, or fire damage restoration needs. Call for a free estimate. We can have a technician on your doorstep within the hour, ready to assess your needs and begin the cleanup and restoration process.
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Thank you to 24/7 Water Restoration for quickly coming to our house and cleaning up the water damage in our basement from a burst pipe. Their technicians were extremely professional and polite. Their quick response reduced the risks of mold setting in and causing even more damage and potential allergies and health concerns for our son. Thank you for your outstanding service!Karen