It starts with a smell, or maybe you hear a weird gurgling sound coming from the sink. Before you know it, you’re dealing with one of the worst problems that a homeowner can face: a sewage backup. Unfortunately, sewage backup isn’t just unpleasant. It’s dangerous! Furthermore, you will need to bring in a cleanup crew if you have a serious enough backup problem. This must be done before you can even think about getting those drains fixed. AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina is the cleanup crew for you. If you have a sewage problem in the Charlotte metro area, we can help.
First, let’s take a look at some of the reasons for sewage backup. If you can figure out the cause, you may be able to minimize the damage.
BROKEN SEWER LINES
There are many beautiful and historic homes in the Greenville and Huntersville areas. Unfortunately, those historic homes also have historic sewer systems. Unfortunately, older sewer lines were built from iron and sometimes clay. Therefore, these lines will collapse more easily than newer lines, pushing sewage back up through the drains. On the other hand, newer lines we use today tend to be made of steel.
Tree Roots are another possible cause of sewage backup. Eventually, they wrap themselves around your pipes and embed themselves inside of them. As a result, the tree roots will block pipes and push sewage back up into your house.
The most simple reason for sewage backup is clogged drains. Unfortunately, these clogs may not become obvious until there is a major problem on your hands. However, there are several things that can cause drains to clog. First, pouring oils and grease down the drain in the kitchen sink can become a serious issue. Eventually, those substances cool off and solidify once they travel further down the drain and clog the drain. Second, flushing materials other than toilet paper down the toilet will also cause drainage issues. Toilet paper manufacturers design their products to dissolve in water. However, items like tissues and feminine hygiene product will not dissolve. Even though they look like they will go down the drain safely, they will eventually cause a sewage backup.
First, we perform an assessment. Your team from AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina will arrive in about an hour to take a look at the problem. Next, we’ll get to work to remove the sewage and make the space safe again.
We start, obviously, by removing the sewage from your house or building. We’ll use either a sump pump or an HVAC, depending on the amount of sewage that has backed up.
Next, we clean and disinfect the area. We use tough cleaning solutions that can handle all of the illness-causing germs that we talked about above.
AIR QUALITY CHECK
Those viruses and bacteria don’t stay in the water. They can also get into the air. That’s why our disinfection process doesn’t end with surfaces. We also check the surrounding air quality to make sure that we haven’t left any of those germs behind. If the sewage has gotten near any air vents, we can check those, too.
Sewage backup isn’t just unsightly and gross. It’s also dangerous. Here are some of the dangers that come with sewage backup.
The biggest danger of having sewage in your home comes from the health hazards that sewage brings. Sewage carries bacteria and viruses that can make you and your family sick. Below are just a few of the many diseases that a person can contract through contact with sewage. (E. coli Gastroenteritis Hepatitis A Salmonellosis Typhoid fever )The best way to avoid these and other illnesses is to get the sewage out of your house or building safely. Don’t try to deal with it yourself. Hire a team that knows all about safe disposal.
ELECTRIC & FIRE HAZARDS
Depending on its location, sewage backup can also cause electrical and fire hazards. If the water touches an electric source, it can cause power outages and electric shock. Furthermore, sewage gasses are often flammable and can therefore cause burns. Avoid using any sort of flame near the sewage backup. If the water is near a source of electricity, turn the power off to that part of the house or building. If you have to go near the water for any reason, wear rubber boots.
Of course, having extra water in your house can also bring water damage. Sewage that stays confined to a sink or bathtub shouldn’t cause water damage problems. However, if your sewage backup came through basement floor drains or another source, you may have to deal with erosion and other issues. Some of these issues include wall damage, warping, and mold. Thankfully, AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina can handle all of it.
You know that you’ll need help to get rid of your sewage backup problem, but why choose AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina? Here are just a few reasons.
EQUIPMENT & EXPERTISE
At AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina, we dedicate ourselves to our training and techniques. Our well-trained and highly experienced team will stay calm in the face of any disaster. No matter how big your disaster may be, chances are good that we’ve dealt with the same thing many times before. We combine our experience and expertise with top quality equipment. We use only the best to help our customers.
A sewage backup can happen at any time. Thankfully, we can be there to deal with it at any time. When you call, we’ll pick up the phone.
How can you tell when you’re working with a legitimate restoration company? Start by checking for certification. The IICRC, for example, is an independent non-profit agency that certifies excellent restoration companies. AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina proudly holds certification from the IICRC and the state of North Carolina.
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