Sewer lines transport waste water away from your property through underground plumbing that leads to the local sewer mains. If a clog develops in the line or a line fails, it can produce a raw sewage backup in your home. North Arundel Contracting offers tips for managing sewer backup in your basement.
How Hazardous is Sewage?
Sewage combines water and waste products such as human waste, garbage, and mineral salts. In addition, organic material decomposes quickly and releases odorous gases that can endanger people’s health. Organic material also contains disease-causing pathogens, which is why fast sewage removal is essential after any backup. Also, sewage poses a severe health risk to any humans and animals residing in the home. For these reasons, it’s vital to be aware when managing sewer backup in your basement.
There’s a Sewage Backup in My Basement. Now What?
If you discover a sewer backup in your basement, there are multiple things you can complete immediately.
- Inspect all the toilets, waste pipes, and sinks for blockages. If possible, attempt to clear the blockage yourself. If needed, call us for assistance.
- Unless the blockage has been removed, avoid using the toilets or sinks. If a central line clogs, the water will back up and come through the basement or bathtubs.
- Examine your home’s sewer cleanout. If you’re managing a sewage backup in your basement, search for the cap on the basement floor and ensure it’s accessible for our remediation team.
Remember, if there is lingering water in your basement due to the sewage backup, avoid entering the space while the power is on. This is hazardous since electricity and water can kill.
Analyze the Risks
Managing a sewage backup in your basement can be dangerous. It’s critical to examine the risks before attempting any cleanup. Additionally, sewage water can contain various bacteria and viruses. While not transmitted through the air, skin contact can lead to rashes or infection if you even have a minor open sore or cut. Also, accidentally touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with hands or gloves containing sewage can make you sick.
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