There are few things in life worse than a sewer backup. This unfortunate event occurs when a blockage prevents wastewater from properly running through the sewer line that joins your home with the municipal sanitary sewers. The blockage will eventually cause your sewer lines and drainage pipes to jam up before everything overflows into a chaotic, disgusting mess.
Similar to the effects of water damage, sewage backups can lead to both superficial and structural damage to your home or business. Sewer backups should be deemed an emergency, as the water might contain viruses, bacteria, and other germs that cause serious illnesses to humans and pets alike.
The most five most ordinary reasons for sewer backups are clogged sewer pipes, tree roots sprouting into sewer pipes, fractured or collapsed sewer pipes, sump pumps routed into sewers and complications with municipal sewers.
What is Sewage Cleanup and Restoration
If you’ve recently been affected by a sewer backup, you don’t have to handle it alone. In fact, just let Guardian Restoration clean up the entire mess in a safe and effective manner for you. Our services will hinder the effects of permanent damage while keeping you and your loved ones out of harm’s way. Once our team conducts an initial assessment and provides you with a free estimate, our knowledgeable sewage cleanup crew will get to work. They will utilize professional grade equipment to remove sewage and water before drying out the whole area. Additionally, Guardian Restoration will remove the damaged materials, sanitize and disinfect floorings and belongings, prevent mold from forming, deodorize, and bring your home or office back to its initial condition.
Water and Sewer Extraction
The first step in the cleanup process is removing sewage and water from the damaged areas. For an extreme-scale sewage backup, we will pump out the problematic areas, whereas, for lesser jobs, we might use vacuums to draw out sewage and water. Based upon the exact damage to your property, sewage and water extraction could occur after removal and disposal.
Inspect, Eliminate and Discard
The next step is to inspect areas of damage and discard any items that cannot be saved or renovated. Potentially this might include essential materials such as plaster, drywall, ceilings, carpeting, and carpet padding. Unfortunately, it may also include personal keepsakes polluted by sewage. There are many cases where couches, kitchen sets, bedroom furniture, and other personal items may need to be thrown away as well. Although this isn’t an easy process, it is necessary for safety reasons.
Opening doors and windows aren’t enough to tackle this type of project. Professional-grade air movers and dehumidifiers will be brought in to thoroughly dry out the floors and any remaining belongings that were able to be saved. This process usually takes a few days and is an imperative piece of the overall puzzle in restoring your home or business to its prior state.
Deodorize, Disinfect and Sanitize
After the property is finally dry, Guardian Restoration will come in and use the best possible products and methods for deodorizing, sanitizing and disinfecting the entire affected area. This process will remove lingering smells and keep any type of viruses, mold, parasites or harmful bacteria from growing.
Last but not least, there will probably be a need to rebuild and restore certain areas in your home or office. Some of the possibilities include installing new carpet or flooring, along with putting in drywall, cabinet fixtures and repainting. We will notify you if appliances will need to be replaced as well, or if there are other issues you may need to take care of at this point in the cleanup process.
Three Kinds of Contaminated Water
Water is categorized into three distinct classes based upon the health risks linked with each source. When dealing with a sewage backup, it’s usually referenced as category 3 or black water since the standing water creates a substantial health risk to humans and pets alike.
When faced with a problem as unfortunate and unexpected as a sewer backup – do not hesitate to secure the professional and courteous services of Guardian Restoration. We’re here to assist you and answer any questions you may have 24-hours a day. Simply call 310-405-5353 to learn more or to schedule a consultation.