How to Clean Up Sewage

Sewage cleanup basics are, unfortunately, something everyone should know. A sewage problem can happen when you least expect it. It can be caused by something as simple as a stopped up drain in your bathroom. Tree roots or debris could block your main water line, creating a problem throughout your house. Your septic line could back up, due to a clog or a septic system failure. Your home could even be inundated with water after an especially heavy storm, causing extensive sewage damage.

Whatever the cause, sewage cleanup should begin as quickly as possible to protect your health and your property. The longer sewage is able to linger, the more time it has to cause significant damage to walls, floors, furniture and other materials. Sewage can contain disease-causing human viruses and parasites like Salmonella, Shigella and Escherichia coli. It can also contain endotoxins, which, if ingested, can cause fevers, changes in white blood cell counts, shock and even death.

If you should have a sewage backup in your home or business, here are some tips to help you clean it up and minimize the damage.

How to Clean Up Sewage:

Sewage Damage Can be Caused by a Broken Pipe

Sewage Damage Can be Caused by a Broken Pipe

  • Put on protective clothing, especially rubber gloves.
  • Carefully clean the area by washing surfaces with a general household cleaner.
  • Rinse surfaces with clean water.
  • Follow with an EPA-registered disinfectant or a chlorine bleach solution to kill germs. Apply the solution with a cloth and let it stand for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Rinse surfaces with clean water.

If the sewage backup is extensive, call a sewage cleanup expert like Tri State Restorations.

Tri State Restorations will assess the extent of the sewage damage and determine how to best restore your home or business. Our team will:

  • Remove the sewage through pumping, extracting, draining and absorption.
  • Lift and clean contaminated carpets, dispose of the cushion, and treat both sides of the carpet thoroughly with a disinfectant.
  • Use special instruments like penetrating meters, non-penetrating meters and hygrometers to analyze the amount of moisture in walls, floors and insulation.
  • Treat porous materials like baseboards, panel board and concrete with disinfectant and evaluate whether they need to be replaced.
  • Remove and properly dispose of porous materials that cannot be saved.
  • Thoroughly dry the affected area with large capacity drying fans and dehumidifiers.

When you need a sewage cleanup expert, you can depend on Tri State Restorations for help. We have teams throughout Montgomery County, including the cities of Kentlands, North Potomac, Clarksburg and Bethesda. If you live anywhere in Maryland, Virginia or Washington D.C., we promise to arrive at your home within 90 minutes, seven days a week.