Can I Clean A Sewage Backup Myself?
So you just came home from vacation to find that your sewer backed up through one of your drains and has damaged your floor and your walls. Instead of calling a cleanup crew, you wonder if you can just clean it up on your own. The answer is: no. Home and business owners don't typically have the necessary tools and expertise to handle a sewer backup repair or cleanup. Sewage contains all kinds of toxins and hazardous waste, which can cause serious health problems if you don't have the appropriate gear. That's where we come in. If your sewer causes a backup, call the trusted experts, SERVPRO of San Diego City SW, now. We can be reached 24/7 at 619-269-5004. We'll clean it all up and make your property look "Like it never even happened."
Hoarding Cleanup in San Diego, California
This is an "after" photo of a hoarder cleanup we did for a family in the North Park area of San Diego.
If you or a loved one are in need of mild to severe hoarding cleanup services, let the SERVPRO of San Diego City SW team hold your hand through the process.
Hoarding is a complicated and multi-dimensional problem. It can be wrought with emotions, and because of that, you or your loved ones will want a kind, dedicated and professional team to assist you.
When you choose a team like ours to assist you with your hoarding cleanup here in San Diego, you'll get a dedicated group of professionals who care about restoring your property back to livable and safe conditions.
The SERVPRO of San Diego City SW Hoarding Cleanup Services include:
- Free estimate and on-site evaluation
- Pack-rat/trash and clutter clean out
- Animal feces/urine cleanup and disinfection
- Search and recovery of valuable items
- Packaging and storage of personal belongings
- Hypodermic needle/syringe recovery and disposal
- Thorough cleaning and disinfecting
- Reconstruction services, if needed
If you or your loved one need assistance with hoarding and pack-rat clean out services here in San Diego, call us at 619-269-5004. You'll be in good hands with us.
What to do if you have a sewage backup in San Diego
What to do if you have a sewage backup in San Diego
If you are dealing with a sewage backup in San Diego, first, know you aren’t alone. It’s quite common actually. A sewage backup, or contaminated water backing out of your tub, sink or toilet can be a nightmare. The truth is you can’t, and shouldn’t do very much. Sewage contaminated water is dangerous to your health and should be avoided at all costs. The first thing you’ll want to do is follow the steps below.
- Determine the source
- Stay out of the area and avoid cross contamination
- Arrange cleanup services (SERVPRO of San Diego City SW)
- Call your insurance company
While you wait for the cleanup crew to arrive
Keep children and pets away the moment the sewer water is discovered, until the clean-up crew and sanitation is complete. Sewage is considered Category 3 water, more commonly known as black water. Category 3 water or Black water is defined by the IICRC as “the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.” Keep children and pets away at all times and if you yourself must go in the area, wash your hands thoroughly and avoid touching cuts, eyes, mouth or ears with your hands or any item that came in contact with the black water.
Risks of Sewage back up debris
Category 3 water/Raw sewage contains Diseases such as Hepatitis, Salmonella, E.Coli and Parasites just to name a few, would you risk cleaning this yourself without proper training or the tools and chemicals to do it correctly? These disease survive weeks even months if not properly killed. Doing it yourself, or hiring the wrong professional puts you, your family, pets and house guests at a great risk. Call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW to schedule emergency Service to have the job taken care of “Like it never even happened.”
Arrange Services with SERVPRO of San Diego City SW
Call an Emergency Restoration company such as SERVPRO of San Diego City SW as we are IICRC Certified and specialize in cleaning up hazardous waste. Most contractors and plumbers do not have the capability to clean up the site after the repairs have been made, or at the very least inadequate equipment – and may not be approved by your insurance company if you choose to claim the loss.
SERVPRO also has a 1-4-8 policy, which means within 1 hour from notice of loss (When you call), a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange services. Within 4 hours of notice of loss, a SERVPRO professional will be onside to start mitigating services. Within 8 business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to your adjuster by a SERVPRO Professional. If any SERVPRO believes they are incapable of responding within this time frame, they will refer you to a SERVPRO who can so you are not left waiting!
Call your insurance company
Ask your agent if this is a covered loss, and what your deductible will be. This can be done before or after calling SERVPRO of San Diego City SW as we accept all insurance plans and you can also pay yourself – whether you are covered or not, this will not affect your ability to receive service.
What to do while the Crew is at work
Once the services have been arranged, and the SERVPRO crew is at work, do your best to keep all equipment running, still keep children out of the area as well as pets and do not be afraid to ask questions. While your plumber is there ask if there are ways to prevent a Sewage back up or back flow from happening again and ask him about installing a Backflow valve.
When the work is done
First off, pat yourself on the back for making it through this turbulent time! When the services are complete, SERVPRO will arrange to have your walls and flooring replaced and then it will be like it never even happened.