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How To Clean Sewage Backup in Your Home

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

A sewer backup can lead to the spread of bacteria and viruses in your home. The problem should be addressed as soon as possible.

There are some steps you can take to limit the spread of the contamination. They include:

  • Turning off running water
  • Move un-contaminated objects to dry, clean areas
  • Open windows and doors to speed up the drying process and limit the growth of mold
  • Discard contaminated curtains, carpeting, and upholstered furniture

Tips for Cleaning Sewage Backup in Your Bathtub

If you see a small bathtub backup, you may be able to clean the spill yourself. Before you start, make sure you have the necessary equipment. Wear protective equipment like goggles, coveralls, rubber gloves, and boots. Do not let your bare skin touch the sewage. You should also avoid touching your nose, ears, eyes, or any open cuts.

Once you are properly protected from the sewer backup, and after the contaminated items have been taken out of the bathroom, you can start removing the standing water. Discard any solid waste and apply an initial disinfectant spray to the affected area. You should then clean all the surfaces with household detergent to remove any additional dirt and contamination. Next, dry the area with a combination of dehumidifiers and portable fans. Finally, disinfect the area a second time by using bacteria-killing bleach.

When To Call an Expert

If the contaminated area is large, you should contact a professional cleanup company, like SERVPRO of North Tempe. Experts should also be brought in if your home’s HVAC system has been contaminated, or if the sewage has been in place for more than 24 hours.

While you may be able to handle a small sewer backup on your own, emergency restoration specialists will know how to clean up a bigger area quickly and safely. SERVPRO of North Tempe can also dry any belongings that were damaged by the flooding. 

To recap you should contact a service professional unless the spill is limited to a tiny section of your bathroom floor, if an entire area or HVAC system is contaminated call SERVPRO of North Tempe at (480) 456-0000.

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