Sewage Clean Up

Sewage Clean Up

There aren’t many things that are more disgusting than when you have raw sewage or a sewage backup on your property or in your home. Not only is having a sewage backup unsightly and gross, it can be a major health hazard and should be treated like an emergency.  If a sewage backup occurs at your home or business, you need to contact a sewage cleanup company right away. Sewer backups are an emergency situation as the water will contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause severe illnesses, and any damaged or blocked pipes can cause substantial property destruction. The bacteria could affect your water, putting you at risk for hepatitis A, giardia, tetanus, and other illnesses.

You need to call RestoreX’s team of water damage restoration and sewage cleanup experts who have the proper training and equipment to fix the causation, cleanup the sewage and protect your home from further damage. 

When you have a sewage backup on your property you need to act fast before the situation becomes worse. Whether you have a septic system failure, broken pipes or notice smells coming from your water, RestoreX can help with our expert sewage and blackwater cleanup services.


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What causes a sewage backup?

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Sewage or sometimes referred to blackwater refers to water that comes into contact with any type of raw sewage or other contaminants. This includes wastewater from toilets, sewers, septic systems and cesspools. There are many things that can cause a sewage problem on your property. The main causes are septic system failures, flooding, broken pipes and natural disasters that cause groundwater to come into contact with human waste, which contains dangerous bacteria, including E. coli, giardia, cryptosporidium and salmonella. Even heavy rains can cause the groundwater to come into contact with sewage which can either be outside or even overflow into your home. This sewage water is a smelly, unsightly, and dangerous issue and it is not to be taken lightly. 

What are the Health Risks Associated with Raw Sewage or Blackwater?

There are many different health risks associated with raw sewage. Sewage backups and standing blackwater can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps in healthy people; however, it is even more dangerous for children and elderly adults. 

People who have an immune system or respiratory problems like asthma may be at a higher risk of getting sick after coming into contact with contaminated water. There’s also a chance that this wastewater has sat in basements for days or even weeks before being detected, which means there could be hazardous molds lurking near where the family sleeps and eats.

Blackwater and its contaminants can also cause longer-term issues such as the following: 

  • Meningitis: An inflammation of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting and drowsiness. 
  • Tetanus: A serious infection that affects the whole body through a toxin released by bacteria. 
  • Clostridium difficile (C. diff): A toxin that causes fever, diarrhea and pain in the abdomen.
  • Toxoplasma gondii: This is a type of parasite found in raw sewage which may lead to muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite and confusion about where they are.

How to Ensure the Home Is Safe from Blackwater?

Regular inspections of all plumbing systems can help to protect a home from blackwater contamination. Households should have septic tanks pumped every 3 to 5 years, depending on the size and usage of the tanks. Homes hooked up directly to a city or town’s sewage system need to have their piping inspected at least once a year.

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What to do if you have a sewage backup?

If you have any type of sewage or sewage backup on your property you need to stay away. Keep your family and pets away from the issue. If the problem is inside your home then you should leave immediately and call a sewage cleanup professional like RestoreX. Our technicians have the tools and proper training to handle your sewage problems to help you stay safe and get back to normal.

How do you clean a sewage backup?

When you contact RestoreX for sewage cleanup services you can rest assured that our professionally trained sewage cleanup crews will identify the source of the backup and immediately work to cleanup and repair the problem. 

Our sewage cleanup teams will first look for the source of the problem, whether it be an overflowing toilet or raw sewage outside during wet weather. 

Once the source is identified and repaired, we will disinfect the area with chlorine neutralizers and deodorizers to make sure that all harmful germs are destroyed.

Our sewage cleanup experts will then use special equipment, including masks, gloves and sometimes even air tanks, to keep safe while doing this cleanup job. Sewage cleanup can take anywhere from thirty minutes to several hours, depending on how much damage has occurred. After everything is back in working order, our professionals will conduct tests on the water to make sure that it is once again uncontaminated.