What to do if sewage backs up?
A sewer back-up is not pleasant. Besides the odor and mess, you have a potential health hazard on your hands that needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible. Before you get started on the sewage leak clean up, you will first want to check your toilets, sinks, and wastewater pipes for blockage, and clear them if you can. Avoid using sinks or toilets until the blockages are cleared, and the area is cleaned up.
Make certain pets and children are kept away from the flooded area. You’ll also want to open windows for fresh air and to allow fumes to escape. In addition, you can add bleach to standing water to help with disinfection. Moreover, you should take photos to document the damage because your insurance company may cover the damage.
If you have water backed up in your basement, do not go down there until your power is shut off to avoid getting electrocuted. If you need to go down to the basement to shut off the power, wear rubber boots and gloves, as well as a face mask and safety goggles, and avoid coming into contact with anything that could conduct electricity.
How do you clean up after sewer backup?
In most cases, unless the back-up is limited to a very small area, you’ll need the help of a restoration service and a plumber. A restoration service like DFW Restoration will help you with the sewage leak clean up, which will include structural drying of the affected area. The plumber will clear blockages or repair broken pipes, and you may require emergency plumbing services. For the sewer clean out drain the pipes free of the clog with an auger. This is usually best handled by a plumber.
How do you clean up raw sewage?
If you have a small back-up, here are the sewage cleanup procedures to take to effectively clean it.
- Wear safety gear including rubber gloves and boots, coveralls, safety glasses, and a face mask. Never touch the raw sewage with bare skin.
- Use a pump or wet-dry vacuum to remove excess water. You’ll need to check with authorities about where to drain the pump.
- Solid waste should be shoveled into strong plastic bags and immediately disposed of.
- Use paper towels and rags to clean remaining water.
- Take out all contaminated items like rugs or curtains, and store them in an area with concrete or tile floors until you can determine if they are salvageable.
- Remove saturated carpet, baseboards, or other flooring.
- Hose off the area with water, and wash it with detergent.
- Use a solution of chlorine bleach, disinfectant, cold water and non-ammonia detergent to wash contaminated surfaces. Rinse after 15 to 20 minutes.
- Use a brush dipped in a solution of ¾ cup of chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water and scrub the floors.
- Open the windows to dry the area or use fans and run a dehumidifier if it is cold or wet outside.
- Make sure to dispose of any consumable or porous items.
- Any items that have had minor contact with the affected area need to be cleaned.
For any sewage leak clean up in Dallas, TX get help from the professionals at DFW Restoration by calling (214) 453-1592.
Sewage cleanup in crawl space
If the sewage leak is under the house, it needs to be cleaned up just as quickly as it would inside the home. You are at risk of bacteria growth that risks health, and the clean-up is best done by a professional. As with sewer leak clean up inside the house, the area around the crawl space needs to be cordoned or fenced off to prevent children and pets from getting near it before the clean up begins. Make sure to wear protective gear like rubber boots and gloves when you are near the leak.
For a small leak, the topmost layer of contaminated soil needs to be removed, bagged, and disposed of according to city regulations. A layer of hydrated lime should be spread over the next layer to absorb odor and break down the organic matter. The soil should be tilled to mix the lime into it. Contaminated items in the crawlspace should be discarded in plastic bags.
How do you clean up a sewer spill outside?
For any sewage spill outside you need to clean up as soon as possible. If the spill is over 10 gallons, you’ll need the help of an environmental waste cleanup company, septic tank company or city health department. Still, it’s possible to help with the sewage leak clean up. With a large spill there are some measures you can take to help before clean-up services arrive. You can contain the spill by turning off the main water supply, if possible, and trying to block the spill from getting into storm drains and natural water sources by placing sandbags, dirt, or tarps around the perimeter of the spill. You can also clear out any debris that may be causing the spill, when the cause is evident.
You may ask, “What can I put on a sewage spill?” If the spill is less than 10 gallons, you can clean it by placing garden lime on it or use a shop vac or wet vac to vacuum it up. If you spread lime over the sewage, let the lime absorb it and dry overnight. After the lime has dried, use a rake or shovel to scoop it up and throw it into a trash bag. The trash bag, rake or shovel, all need to be thrown in a trash receptacle, and the remaining lime washed away with a hose. If you vacuum up the spill, the vacuum and it contents need to be thrown away.
Sewage backup cleanup services
When you need a thorough and highly professional sewage leak clean up in Dallas, TX, you can always count on DFW Restoration. Call us anytime at (214) 453-1592 when you need help cleaning a sewage back-up.