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Sewer Water Cleanup: What You Can Expect

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A room flooded in a home. Dealing with a sewer cleanup in your home can be a difficult prospect to face, SERVPRO is your best option!

What to Expect During Sewer Water Cleanup

When flooding occurs in your West Whittier, CA, home, facing the cleanup process can be daunting. However, different types of floods may require different cleaning strategies, and few are more difficult than a sewer cleanup. When a backed-up sewer causes a flood at your home, you may have to call in professional flood cleanup and restoration experts to handle the situation safely, and knowing what to expect when they arrive can help you feel more comfortable about the results.


Mitigation

When flood technicians first arrive, they will probably perform immediate mitigation efforts to prevent the contaminated water from spreading to other parts of your home. If the issue is being caused by a flooded toilet, they will most likely turn off the water and drain the tank and bowl. These actions can keep the water contained and confined to one room.

Drainage

Once the flooding stops, your flood techs will probably then take steps to remove the water and any other sludge caused by the sewer backup. They may bring in specialized machinery to drain water contaminated by pathogens that may also contain the following:

  • Urine
  • Feces
  • Soiled toilet paper

Some machinery your techs might use include trash pumps, which typically handle heavier sludge, and portable sump pumps, which can remove standing water.

Disinfection and Deodorizing

Once the sewer cleanup is complete, flood techs will probably treat the area to prevent mold growth and to remove any bad odors that might have been left behind. Since smells caused by a sewer flood might be especially challenging, this process may take several days and may require removing sections of wall and wet insulation; if it cannot be dried, it must be replaced.

Dealing with a sewer cleanup in your West Whittier, CA, home can be a difficult prospect to face. Calling in professional flood techs to lend a hand and knowing what to expect can give you peace of mind about cleanup efforts and their outcome.

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