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What are The Risks of DIY Sewage Flood Cleanup?

Sewage flooding and backups are some of homeowners’ worst nightmares as they can cause serious damage to your home and your health if not dealt with quickly and effectively. At first, you might be inclined to start cleaning up the disaster yourself and take the DIY route, but this can come with severe consequences if done incorrectly.  

What To Do Immediately After Discovering a Sewage Backup?

If you’ve just experienced a sewage backup and it’s actively flooding your home, don’t panic. There are several steps you should take immediately after noticing a sewage backup to prevent further damage to your home, wallet, and health. Some of these actions should be considered even if you intend to speak to a professional cleanup services team afterwards:

  1. First, you will need to make sure everyone is safe. Sewage water can be extremely dangerous, especially to those who are most vulnerable, so moving out children, older adults or pets will ensure their safety until the emergency has been resolved.
  2. Consider moving objects and items that are dry and free from any sewage or wastewater to another area that will be unaffected by the overflow or backup. By doing this, you minimize the risk of your items and belongings being destroyed further.
  3. Next, contact your utility provider to turn off the gas, electricity, and water supply to your home to avoid any further damage from that point forward.   
  4. Last, take pictures of the leak or overflow for your insurance company, should you have one, to ensure that you can make a valid claim against the damage to your home and pipes.

Once you do all of the above, you can start planning your next steps. In most cases, you will want to call for professional help to resolve the overflow and restore your home. Seeking professional help will ensure your safety and a fast, effective cleanup and restoration of your home no matter the scale of the water damage and overflow.  

What are The Risks of DIY Sewage Flood Cleaning?

DIY clean up of your home after a sewage flood can be quite a risk to both you and your family’s health. To start with, wastewater in any form is hazardous. You would need to use complete protective clothing and breathing apparatus from the moment you discover it, as the wastewater will likely contain harmful chemicals and human waste. Exposing yourself without adequate protection can risk your health, and may lead to severe, permanent damage to you or your family. 

Quite often, raw sewage water and even large amounts of wastewater contain parasitic microorganisms that can cause human viruses such as polio and enteric cytopathic human orphan (ECHO) that, in rare circumstances, could lead to fatalities.  Other common bacteria found in wastewaters are Salmonella, Giardia Lamblia, coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Being in direct contact with these toxins can lead to intestinal diseases, typhoid fever, cholera, and dysentery.

In most cases, you may want to unblock the pipe that is causing the overflow. If you’re not careful by doing so, you may cause more backup to overflow or even damage the pipe, costing you more money and a harder cleanup process.

Besides being smelly and hazardous to you, sewage can also have long-lasting side effects on your property. One of these side-effects that can cause even more problems to your home is mold. Regardless of the size of your sewage overflow, improper cleanup can allow for mold to develop, spread, and cause problems for both your health and the integrity of your own home. Sewage and overflow can allow mold to spread much quicker, and in optimal temperatures, can grow in just 24-48 hours.

Mold exposure when you or someone in your home has any allergies can worsen the symptoms, even more so in younger children or people who have weakened immune systems. In some cases, even completely healthy people may also contract breathing complications if mold is still spreading after a DIY cleanup.

Why Should You Call On Professional Services?

Although on the surface you may feel you can do a good job of DIY sewage flood clean up, in most cases calling a professional waste cleanup and restoration service will be the better option. 

Seeking professional help is possibly the fastest and safest way to clean up your sewage overflow.

  • First, they will pump out and address the water source and remove any debris that may be within your home.
  • They will then use heavy-duty industrial dehumidifiers and air scrubbers to dry out your home.
  • Finally, they will sanitize and remove any left-over bacteria and mold to prevent the health risks mentioned above and restore your home to its prior state.

If you are worried about your health, or the restoration process of a possible DIY overflow cleanup, then act now and let the professionals handle the emergency.

They will ensure that every inch of the infected surface will be cleaned and restored back to the original state and remove any infections or hazardous material that may still linger. 

Why Put Your Health at Risk? Hire Save The Day Restoration to Clean Up Your Sewage Flood

Regardless of how you chose to act with your sewage flood or overflow, you should always consider professional and friendly help from the team at Save the Day Restoration. Our dedicated and fully licensed crew will take care of the entire restoration process so that you can sit back and watch your home be brought back to life to the greatest standard. We will talk over the process of removing the wastewater, resolving the source of the overflow, and restoring your home back to the initial state, ensuring your satisfaction every step of the way.

You will feel safe and assured, knowing that you’ve made the right decision. For the best service, we’re ready for your call! Contact Save the Day Restoration 24/7 at (562) 246-9908 or email us at [email protected]. You can always contact us via our website contact form too. Act now and let us save your day and your home!