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Residential Sewage Backup Causes, Concerns and Cleanup

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Overflowing broken toilet Many things can cause a sewer backup.

Sewage is an environmental hazard. You never want it to back up on your property or in your New Tulsa, OK, home. Nonetheless, this can happen. If it does, sewer cleanup is crucial to mitigate further danger.

Sewage Backup Causes

Many things can cause a sewer backup. The issue usually stems from the domestic wastewater sewer or septic system. For example, the system can do the following:

  • Clog
  • Be choked or damaged by tree roots
  • Suffer from old age

Once the system is compromised, you may face much more than a flooded toilet. The sewage may seep underneath your property and/or back up into the home. If the water is contaminated, the concern extends beyond property damage.

Water Contamination Types

There are three water contamination classifications: clean, gray and black. Clean water is not an environmental hazard. Gray water may contain bacteria and viruses but does not contain feces. Black water may contain chemicals, microbes and untreated sewage, including feces.

Sewage Clean Up and Disinfecting

If you suspect your home's sewage system is backing up, do the following:

  • Don't flush the toilets or run any water.
  • Don't use drain cleaners or other chemicals.
  • Stay away from affected areas.
  • Open windows to ventilate indoor issues.
  • Call for professional sewer cleanup help.

You may think this is a do-it-yourself job, but you should never risk exposure to gray or black water. The cause of the backup must be isolated for proper cleanup and repair. The professionals will determine the cause, such as a broken sewer line, so they can repair it first.

Once repaired, they will clean and disinfect everything from the top of your home down through its grounds. This includes ripping up and properly disposing of any damaged carpet, flooring and interior and exterior structural materials.

Sewer cleanup can be an intensive and dangerous process. Even though the backup is at your New Tulsa, OK, home, don't try this at home. This is a job for the experts.

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