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Cleaning Up Your Home after a Sewer Backup

In the case of sewage backup in the locality of your home, the first step to take is to inform the concerned authorities who can immediately activate emergency restoration services. The toilets should not be used and water should not be poured down the drains.

There are several health hazards involved if one comes in contact with water from the sewerage. It is common knowledge that sewer water is heavily polluted with parasites, bacteria and viruses. If this water enters your home it can contaminate the flooring, furniture, walls, carpets and upholstery as well as anything else it soaks. This causes a severe risk to the health of the family. All surfaces touched by sewer water have the risk of mold growth if it is not dried and cleaned early. This can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions to people in the house.

Gas burners can be clogged and the control systems can be damaged with sewer water. The electrical supply can be affected and the mains should be immediately switched off in the case of a sewer backup. Electrical appliances can be damaged and there is a hazard of electrical shocks and these should be serviced by professionals after exposure to sewer water.

Once the sewer lines are restored, the house and the surroundings should be cleaned up and disinfected thoroughly. Most people would call for professional help but many would prefer to clean up by themselves. Here are a few tips on how to clean up your home after a sewer backup.
• It is necessary to wear protective clothing like coveralls, rubber boots, gloves and a face mask before attempting the cleaning up process.
• The second step is to gather all the cleaning equipment like buckets, mops, brooms, sponges, rags, gloves, detergents, disinfectants, trash bags, etc.
• The contents of the house which can be restored, like linen and clothes should be kept aside for washing with detergents, bleach and disinfectants.
• Items which cannot be restored should be kept aside to be discarded in the trash. Any food items which have come in contact with the sewer water should be discarded. Books, papers, carpets, rugs, soft toys, upholstered chairs, mattresses and medicines cannot be restored and should be thrown away as these can cause infection and bacteria to spread.
• One room should be tackled at a time.
• Two buckets should be used. One should contain the cleaning solution and the other to empty the dirty water into.
• Mops should be thoroughly rinsed after each application.
• The floor should be cleaned a few times over and over again, with disinfectants to completely eliminate contamination. They should first be cleaned with detergents.
• The windows and doors of the house and the doors of all closets and cabinets should be opened out to dry the interiors and remove mildew and humidity.
• A dehumidifier should be used.
• All surfaces in the house like the walls, tiles, furniture and counter tops should be cleaned thoroughly and dried.

It will take a few days for the house to be completely clean after restoration following a sewer backup and care should be taken to disinfect all surfaces.

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