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How to Deal with a Sewage Backup in Your Home

sewer_backupA sewage backup is one of the home damages that can easily occur in any type of residence. Although older homes with dated plumbing systems can be more susceptible to plumbing problems, even brand new homes can suffer a sewage backup and the associated damage. Read on to learn more about what a sewage backup in your home means, and how you should deal with this issue if it arises in your residence.

How Much Damage Does a Sewage Backup Cause?

The amount and severity of damage done by sewage backup can vary greatly based on what type of water it is that fills your home and the severity of the backup. Most sewer backups are caused by something blocking or invading the piping, such as a tree root, grease buildup, or large clog, sometimes caused by flushing items that shouldn’t be flushed. As a result of these factors, the water that fills your home may be clean, or it may be dirty water that contains sewage. Any items in the home touched by dirty water will need to be specially treated and cleaned.

What Kind of Damage Does a Sewage Backup Cause?

Electrical appliances can be harmed if exposed to the water that floods the area due to a sewage backup. To try and mitigate this damage, you can unplug any cords and secure them in a dry area, or move the appliance to another location. You can lift any furnishings that may be in the flooded area by placing them on concrete blocks.  

Dos and Don’ts of Fixing a Sewage Backup

When you discover there is a sewage backup in your home, the first thing you can attempt to do is shut off the water flow by turning the water valve connected to the toilet. Do not flush the toilet, as this is likely to make the problem worse.

Before you enter the area which is affected by the sewage backup, be sure that you are wearing the right protective gear. Until you have ascertained that the water is clean and does not present a danger to you, take caution to make sure that your hands and eyes especially are not exposed to the water. Most professionals will wear rubber boots or some other type of protective footwear, gloves, and an eye shield.

Do You Need to Hire Professional Help?

Hiring a professional cleaning company can be costly, but is a vital step if your home is significantly damaged by the sewage backup. Any damage done to drywall, furniture or rugs can be irreversible unless you know how to clean and dry these items. Perhaps worst of all, if the areas of your home that were flooded are not properly dried, they can be prime areas for mold to take hold and grow. A professional service will ensure these areas are treated with a cleaning agent that will prevent mold growth and properly dried.

If you have experienced a sewage backup in your home, the consequences can be costly and time-consuming. The good news is that your homeowner’s insurance company should help you with these expenses if you file a claim and have it approved. Five Star Claims Adjusting can help you through this process. To get our help, contact us today.