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What To Do About Sewage Backup

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

Completely flooded basement. It is visible line showing maximum water level higher than 7 feet. A flooded basement in White House, MO

What To Do About Sewage Backup

A flooded basement is a homeowner’s nightmare, particularly when it’s a sewage backup resulting from storms and heavy rains. Heavy rainfall, especially over a prolonged period, can place a burden on public sewage systems that have a limited capacity. Once the rainwater exceeds this capacity, excess water may begin backing up and overflowing into your sewer line. This can happen quickly and unexpectedly in White House, MO, as well most areas of the U.S. When it does, you should take the following three steps.

1. Evaluate the Situation

The first thing you should do after you discover a flooded basement is evaluate the situation. If you have a sewage backup, proceed with caution. Sewage spills that contain infectious waste can create health hazards. Keep humans and pets away from the flooded area until you know what you’re dealing with.

2. Put Safety First

Disconnect all electrical items, including furnaces, before entering a flooded area. It’s a good idea to cut off both the electric and water mains for safety and to stop any water flow. Don't use any appliances or fixtures that utilize water, either, such as showers or washing machines. If a burst pipe played a role in the backup, you don't want to add any additional water or pressure to the situation.

3. Take Quick Action

Take action quickly. Remove any items that have not been affected by the backup to minimize damage. If possible and weather permits, open all windows. Remove as much excess water as you can and run dehumidifiers if you have them. The goal is to dry out the wet area within 24-48 hours to reduce the risk of mold forming. Remember to wear safety clothing such as rubber boots, gloves, and face masks when working in the affected area.

If you have a flooded basement, you should contact a professional cleaning and restoration service. If you have minimum flooding, you might be able to clean it yourself, but it’s still best to consult a professional, particularly when dealing with basement sewage.

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