How to Clean Up Sewage

Sewage spills and backups certainly aren’t fun to talk about, but sometimes the worst happens. When you experience a sewage mess, you need to act quickly to minimize the damage and keep your family safe.Even if you’re a do-it-yourself handyman, raw sewage isn’t a job you want to tackle. It can carry serious diseases, some of which are even life-threatening. Plus, the situation will most likely require advanced tools and techniques that you don’t have. Leave sewage cleanup to the experts, who will tackle the problem with the following steps.

Remove the Excess Standing Water

After donning protective gear, the restoration experts will remove the excess water with the help of pumps and wet-dry vacuums. Because the water is dangerous, it needs to be disposed of safely and according to local law. Research your nearby options with the Jefferson County Department of Health.

Address Solids and Contaminated Materials

After the water has been removed, the team will shovel solids into plastic bags and remove sewage-contaminated items like rugs, furniture, personal belongings, and wallpaper. Although the team will try to save as many of your possessions as possible, many items will likely need to be disposed of safely. Those that can be salvaged may be taken to a safe location to be cleaned and repaired.

Decontaminate the Affected Areas

Once the contaminated possessions have been removed, the restoration experts will hose down the area and wash everything to completely eradicate the risk of contamination. Usually, the surfaces of your home are washed with a solution of bleach. Floors are scrubbed well and everything is dried thoroughly to prevent mold from growing, which is common after a serious sewage spill.

Call Restoration 1 of Birmingham for Help After a Sewage Spill

The longer the sewage water sits in your home, the greater your losses will become. That’s why you should call our team at Restoration 1 of Birmingham as soon as the incident occurs. We’ll rush straight to your door to begin the cleanup process. We only work with the best techniques and most advanced equipment, so you can rest assured that your home is in good hands. Learn more or report a sewage incident by calling 205-578-6677 today.