Sewage Damage: The Real Threat

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Sewage damage can turn into a critical situation.

Every person has experienced a moment of dread where the toilet doesn’t flush. For a moment, time stops, and it feels like the whole world is coming to a slow, disgusting end. Hopefully, unclogging the toilet won’t be an issue. Other times, however, it can be a full on sewage damage disaster—and sometimes more than just physically damaging to your house.

A clogged toilet can be a signal of sewage problems in your home. While both unpleasant and disgusting, it is naïve to dismiss sewage damage as an inconvenience. Sewage is full of pathogens, and can contain parasites, fungi, viruses, and bacteria. It is not just the splashes that you need to worry about, as they can also get into the air. Termed “black water”, raw sewage contains numerous air and blood-borne pathogens capable of causing adverse health effects.sewage damage

Bacteria, parasites and viruses are all potentially present, making proper handling a health challenge. When dealing with sewage intrusion, state and local regulations regarding proper removal and handling must be followed carefully.

In addition, OSHA mandates that all workers must be equipped with Personal Protective Equipment such as HEPA filtered respirators, eye and hand protection and protective suits. Yes. It is a very serious problem.


Stopping the Sewage Disaster Before It Happens

Pipe Blockage

One of the simpler fixes, pipe blockage occurs when any large household item is lodge in a toilet or drain. Plungers, liquid plumber, and augers (snakes) can be used to dislodge most items. However, a sewage damage specialist may need to be called in for actual damage repair to the property.

Pipe Corrosion

When the integrity of your pipes become corroded or dilapidated, sewage damage is unavoidable. Corrosive soil, acidic water, aggressive flux, and sub-par installation methods can all be attributed to pipe failure.

Warning signs that your pipes may be in need of replacing are:

  • Higher than normal water bills
  • Rattling/odd noises
  • Discolored water

Growth of Large Roots

A less common, yet extremely serious, source of sewage damage is the uncontrollable growth of large tree are plant roots. Roots can either wrap themselves around or penetrate pipes, causing substantial sewage damage in the home or business.

In order to protect your loved ones and your property in the event of a sewage disaster call Reliable Restoration. Do not attempt to resolve sewage damages on your own as it is can be a serious health hazard. Attempting to solve this problem on your own will put you and your family at risk. Reliable Restoration has the equipment and expertise to handle all sewage damages. With the proper equipment we will assess the extent of your sewage damage and then work tirelessly and efficiently to make sure your home is fully recovered and safe to return to. Remember we are available 24/7/365 for your needs. After all, with Reliable Restoration, your family is our family.