Sewer system backup is one of the most unpleasant disasters a homeowner can deal with. This will not only cause damage to your property and valuables, it can also make you sick. Sewage contaminated water is smelly, messy, and dangerous. It may contain toxic substances, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants that may create health hazards.
Here’s what you need to do when your sewer system backs up.
Determine the cause of the problem
There are several causes of sewer system backup. Broken sewer lines, tree roots, and a clogged sewer lines are just of the most common causes. Different causes require different solutions. Knowing the root of the problem will help you determine what needs to be done.
Begin by checking the sinks, toilets, and waste pipes for blockages. If there is a blockage you can clear, then go ahead and do so. Otherwise, we advise that you call in a professional. They can perform a video inspection of your sewer line and pinpoint the cause of the problem. Once they have determined to root of the problem, they can prescribe the safest, most appropriate, and the least expensive solution.
A sewer backup can cause damage to your home as well as your personal belongings. It can also lead to diseases. As such, it is important to address the issue as soon as possible. Act fast and arrange cleanup in the soonest possible time.
Wear protective gear
Sewage cleanup is a dirty and dangerous job, but time is off the essence in situations like this. If you decide to do any of the clean up on your own, you need to be fully aware of the risks involved.
Coming in contact with sewage can result in rashes and infection. If you accidentally touch your mouth, nose or eyes, you may get sick. Remember, sewage contains a mixture of water and waste products. Wear protective gear such as N95 face mask, gloves, and rubber boots before you attempt any cleanup. For your safety, make sure that you shut down the water lines and turn off the electricity.
Bring in the pros
Sewage backup creates a hazardous situation. It can threaten your health, create electrical malfunctions, and cause destruction of your property. Considering all the risks involved with this task, it is best to leave the job in the hands of a professional. They have the skills, experience and the equipment required to get the job done. They’ll be able to clean up your place quickly and efficiently.
Keep yourself and your family safe. Contact GoDirect Plumbing Sewer Line and let them tackle sewage backup cleanup.