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What to Do if Your Sewage Backs Up

What to Do if Your Sewage Backs Up

sewage systemWater damage is always an annoying problem no homeowner wants to deal with, but the situation is even worse if the damage is due to your sewage backing up! A sewage backup may be caused by a variety of factors, from a simple toilet clog to intruding tree roots. No matter the cause, the result is usually the same: nasty sewage water flooding your basement, damaging your property.

Sewage water in your basement can be very toxic to your health, so ignoring it or hoping it will dry up on its own is not an option. Of course, if your sewage backs up, you will need to contact a professional water damage restoration company as soon as possible. However, there are some measures you should take before the water damage experts can arrive.

Turn Off Water and Power

As soon as you discover the backup, shut off your water, and avoid using the sinks and toilets in your home. It’s also a good idea to shut off the power for the affected area using your circuit breaker, but only if you can safely access it. If the sewage water is standing between you and the circuit breaker, leave it alone and don’t touch any electronics.

Dress Appropriately

Make sure you’re protected if you have to enter the area. Wear a facemask or a cloth around your mouth and nose to avoid inhaling fumes. Put on latex gloves in case you need to touch anything in the space, and wear thick, rubber boots if you need to pass through the water. Avoid entering the area if you do not have good protective clothing and wait for the professionals.

Stay Out of the Affected Area

Because sewage water is a health hazard and just generally unpleasant to be around, quickly complete the above tasks, then leave and stay out of the contaminated area until the damage is fixed. Block access to the area if necessary to prevent young children or pets from entering the area until it’s safe.

Get Some Fresh Air

Backed up sewage water is going to stink, which makes being in your home very unpleasant. You want to be as comfortable as possible in your home, and a sewage backup is already frustrating enough, but the smell can make it almost unbearable. If you can, spend some time out of the house for some fresh air. If you can’t leave the house, open up some windows or even your doors to get some air circulating through the home.

Trust Property Solutions to Clean Up the Mess!

If you have a sewage backup, get on the phone with Property Solutions right away! We offer sewage backup services in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland. Our water damage restoration experts will work to fix the damage as soon as possible to get your home back to normal. We understand that dealing with a sewage backup is an incredibly stressful experience. That’s why we offer top-of-the-line customer service and 24/7 response.

Has your sewer line backed up? Call us at (571) 526-0075} immediately!

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