What Homeowners Should Do After a Sewer Backup

Worker and equipment clearing out a sewer backup in someones lawn

Of all the maintenance issues your home might face, a sewage backup is possibly the most dangerous. According to the IICRC S500, sewage contains many fungi, bacteria, and viruses, that can lead to diseases and health complications. It can be especially dangerous for the very young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

Aside from your health, a sewer backup can permanently damage your home, cause damage to your possessions, and may even lead to electrical malfunctions. If you should experience a sewage backup in your home, your best option is likely to call a professional cleaning service. In the meantime, prevent further damage and prevent mold and bacteria growth with some basic preventative measures.

The First Steps After a Sewage Backup

  • When entering or going near the affected area, wear safety gear, such as a facemask, protective eyewear, gloves, and rubber boots
  • Evacuate your family and pets from the entire area. Even without direct contact, sewage can be hazardous
  • If you are able to do so safely, turn off your power to your home. This will prevent electrical outlets and wires from coming in contact with wet materials
  • As with the electricity, shut off the main water line of your home. Don’t use the main water supply, flush toilets, or drain tubs or sinks until professionals have the chance to address the problem
  • When possible, open windows and doors to help ventilate the area
  • Contact your insurance company
  • Take photos or videos to document the damage and any losses to your property

The Most Important Step: Contact the Restoration Experts at Royal Renovations

Royal Renovations has been in the business of returning your home to its natural state for over 20 years. Our high-tech inspection tools will help track your problem to its source, preventing future issues. We also offer specialty drying equipment to dry out any moisture behind immobile furniture, inside walls, and other inaccessible spaces. This equipment saves our customers money on repairs, demolition, and replacement.

Our team boasts an industry-leading water damage restoration job management system, and our customers (as well as the insurance company) can track our progress online at any time. If you need restoration help from the professionals, contact Royal Renovations.

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