An overflow of sewage into your home is probably a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Here’s what to do when you experience a sewage backup…
Sewage backup. It is a problem most people do not think they will have to deal with. However, when it does happen, it can have unfortunate results for your home.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are up to 75,000 sewage overflows per year in the United States.
If you have sewage backup in your house, you may be wondering what you can do about it. How hard is it to do sewage backup cleanup?
This guide will walk you through the process of dealing with the aftermath.
Check Your Electrical Panel
If you notice sewage backup in your home, do not rush into that area right away. You need to take some precautions before stepping into it to assess the situation.
The main reason why you should not go into it right away is because there could be electricity that is energized through the sewage. What this means is that the sewage may not be safe to step in without first making sure that there is no electric current going through it.
So, how can you assure yourself of that? The best way to guarantee that there is no electric current in the sewage is to trip the breaker in your electric panel.
What this does is it will de-energize the room, thus making it safe to walk through the sewage.
Get Protective Clothing
It is no secret that sewage water is dirty and more than likely contaminated. It may be wise to make sure that you are not directly exposed to it if you are going to walk through it.
What you should do here is put on some protective clothing, such as rubber boots, to protect yourself from direct exposure to the sewage water.
Look for the Root
Once you make sure that the area is safe to walk through, you need to look for the root of the sewage water. In other words, you need to find out where it is coming from.
Is it coming from your toilet? Is it coming from your sink? Is there a sewage backup in your shower?
These are issues that you need to identify. If you find out where the sewage backup is coming from, it is best that you avoid using those drains until you can get the issue resolved.
Hire a Professional for Your Sewage Backup
So, if you discover you have a sewage backup, what can you do to fix it? Well, the best thing you can do is hire a professional to come in and fix the problem.
Just make sure you make the area safe to access, try to avoid any direct exposure while trying to find the root, and avoid using the drains causing the root of it. Once you do that, it should be ready for a professional to come in and take over.
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