What to do after a sewage backup

Sewage backups are something that homeowners hate to deal with, but they can happen at any time. Sometimes the problem is a septic malfunction. Other times it may be due to a flood or a natural disaster. Many homeowners don’t know what to do after a sewage backup. Sewage backups are unpleasant for everyone to deal with. They can also be dangerous because of the presence of bacteria and other nasty things.

If you experience a sewage backup after a flood or if your home develops septic problems that cause a backup there are ways that you can minimize the health risks and get the mess cleaned up safely. Here are some tips from experts that will help you deal with a sewage backup in your home:

Clean Up Immediately

Because many people aren’t sure what to do after a sewage backup they wait to get started cleaning it up. But the sooner you can deal with the problem the better off you and your family will be. Allowing that dirty water to sit around will just breed bacteria and cause even more problems down the line. As unpleasant as it is you need to get in there and rescue whatever items you can rescue and drain the dirty water.

Never let your bare skin come into contact with sewage backup or dirty water. Wear a protective suit if you need to or wear tall rubber boots like hip waders for fishing that fit over your clothes. Always wear a respirator so that you don’t accidentally breathe in bacteria. Wear protective gloves too. If you or your family members do accidentally come into contact with the sewage backup you should get a tetanus shot immediately to prevent any problems.

Disinfecting After a Sewage Backup

If you were able to rescue any items from the sewage backup that were fabric or upholstery you should probably just throw them out. Furniture can be scrubbed with a bleach solution to disinfect it. But the entire area that was affected by the sewage backup must be cleaned and disinfected in order for it to be safe for you and your family to be in that area. Follow the same safety precautions that you followed to rescue items from the sewage like wearing a respirator and covering your skin. If you are confident that you can clean the entire area a good scrubbing with bleach should be enough of a disinfectant, although you might want to scrub the area a second time to be sure.

If the area is large, like an entire basement that had a sewage backup after a flood, you should call in a team of professionals to clean it. They are trained to thoroughly disinfect a room and will have tools that you don’t have access to in that will make it easier and faster to disinfect the entire space. Don’t take chances with your health or your family’s health.