SERVPRO Tips: Why the sewer cleanup process is so important
A sewer backup calls for thorough cleaning and disinfection. Sewage overflow and Category Three black water contain bacteria and other microbes that may pose a heightened risk of infection or mold growth. Follow these four steps or hire a damage mitigation service to complete the sewer cleanup process.
1. Remove Water and Solids
A homeowner or cleanup service should use equipment such as a mop or wet vac to remove liquid and solids. Take this step as soon as possible after a backup occurs. Keep in mind that the problem will recur until the clog in the drain line is cleared.
2. Tear Out Porous Contents and Materials
Porous materials such as drywall or contents such as carpet cannot be completely cleaned after exposure to Category Three black water. It is possible to do a preliminary disinfection of the area prior to tearing out these materials and contents. Homeowners should wait for the affected area to dry before proceeding with restoration.
3. Clean and Disinfect the Area
In addition to sewer cleanup, it will also be necessary to disinfect the area exposed to black water. A preliminary disinfection should be followed up by a thorough cleaning and disinfection after all damaged porous materials have been removed. Otherwise, the tearing out process can lead to recontamination.
4. Dry the Area
The affected area should be allowed to dry completely before restoring drywall, carpet, or other contents. Professionals may recommend the use of fans or dehumidifiers to speed up the process. Any residual moisture will increase the likelihood of mold growth.
Every one of these steps is necessary to clean up a sewer backup at a residence. Whether the damage is due to a flooded toilet or a backed-up city main, sewer cleanup specialists have the expertise and equipment necessary to address primary damage and prevent secondary damage.
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