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How to survive a sewer back up.

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

So you've just walked into your flooded home and discover the source of the water is your backed up toilet, now what??

1.  Rapid Response

The risk of harmful bacteria in your home or business is a time sensitive issue and should be addressed promptly. Containment can be key to preventing extensive damage. Even a quick assessment and an attempt to block further flooding could be beneficial. Additionally, contacting a SERVPRO urgent response team to immediately respond to the contaminated area should be considered. 

2. Proper Sterilization

Water from a sewer backup is dangerous, and you should not attempt a sewer back-up cleanup on your own. Specific techniques and safety equipment are needed to ensure appropriate removal of all hazardous bacteria. Contamination levels of the water may vary, requiring a customized sterilization process. 

3. Sufficient Drying Time

Allowing adequate drying time after the water has been removed will prevent the growth of mold and stop further damage to your home. Depending on the amount and duration of the water exposure, drying can often take days. Removal of the carpet or flooring down to the subfloor may also be required. 

4.  Moving Forward

It is surprising the amount of harm a flooded toilet can cause to your household. Repairing your property after a sewer cleanup can be a daunting project, and keeping good documentation can aid in a speedy recovery. Keeping current pictures of your home prior to an accident is highly recommended. These records can help insurance companies easily identify which areas were affected and how to aptly provide correct coverage.

SERVPRO of North Tempe understands the stress and worry that comes with water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Do not hesitate to call us at 480-456-0000.   

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