While burst pipes, leaking faucets and torrential rains can all lead to extensive water damage to your property, nothing comes close to the damage caused by sewer backup. The contents that spill over from a sewer overflow are toxic and introduce harmful organisms into the surrounding environment. Not only do these organisms cause significant damage to property and loss of property value, they are also a serious health hazard.
If your sewage system is blocked or broken and there is a seepage, getting contaminated water cleanup done as quickly as possible is the only way to reduce the potential health hazards and cleanup costs. The longer the contamination is left unattended to, the greater the potential for growth and development of harmful bacteria that could lead to serious illnesses. Also, the longer it is neglected, the more the damage it will do to the surroundings. This means more complex cleaning up operations, which will take longer and cost much more. Depending on the extent of the damage it will also lower your property value drastically.
The only thing more important than getting the cleanup job done immediately is getting it done efficiently. If sewage is not completely removed and cleaned or not properly disinfected, the repair costs can escalate dramatically.
What Causes Sewer Backup
Sewer backup can be caused by any of these factors:
Root Infiltration – Tree roots looking for water and nutrients enter the pipeline at the joints, which are the weakest points. Once they get access to the water flowing inside the pipeline, the roots keep growing and spreading further, eventually causing a blockage. This overgrowth of roots can eventually crack and break sewage water pipes, resulting in additional structural defects.
Structural Defects: Cracks and holes in the line, collapsed pipes or pipes that are not aligned properly can cause the sewage to seep out or overflow, requiring sewage extraction and possible reconstruction of sewer lines.
Solid Objects in the Sewage System: Diapers, toys, garbage and other items that do not decompose naturally can block the flow of water, causing sewer blockage.
City sewer backup or surge: In case of a backup in a city sewage line, the wastewater overflows out of the lowest possible opening. This overflowing sewage wastewater will find a way to exit through the lower drains and toilets in homes, especially those with basements.
Precautionary Measures for Contaminated Water Cleanup
Sewage extraction and cleanup is not pretty and if done incorrectly it can be downright hazardous. Keeping in mind the potential hazards associated with contaminated water cleanup, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has put in place specific standards that need to be followed for sewage extraction.
One of the main clauses states that sewage cleanup should only be done by trained and experienced technicians wearing full protective gear, which includes tyvek suits, masks and gloves. In addition, sewage extraction should be done using specialized equipment such as dehumidifiers and air scrubbers.
At Rapidcan all of our sewage removal experts are highly trained and come equipped with the requisite protective gear and equipment.
Sewage Cleanup Process
Our sewage cleanup process is designed to do a thorough job while minimizing the risk to humans and the environment as well. Our trained professionals will first contain the area and assess the extent of damage. All air vents are then blocked off and the contaminated area is separated from rest of the property before we go ahead with the actual sewage cleanup.
After the blockage has been removed, we use air scrubbers to eliminate the strong smell and place drying and dehumidifying equipment around the site to dry it off completely. We then disinfect the area and remove all traces of toxins using plant-based eco friendly products. We also attend to any structural restoration that may be necessary. Our high tech thermal imaging cameras help determine exactly where and how far the sewage has penetrated, which influences our next course of action.
When you are having problems with sewer backup, you need it attended to quickly and efficiently. Rapidcan provides quick, efficient and cost-effect sewage extraction carried out by highly trained experts. Call us today and we’ll be there.