Sewer lines carry wastewater away from your house through underground plumbing over to the local sewer mains. When a line fails or a clog forms inside the line, it can cause raw sewage to back up in your house. Here are some useful tips from Alto Sewer for steps you should take when you have a sewage backup in your basement.
If you discover that there is a sewer backup inside your basement, you should immediately do these things:
– Check all of your waste pipes, sinks, and toilets for blockages. Give Alto Sewer a call for help.
– Avoid using your sinks and toilets until the blockage is removed. The water will end up backing up and coming up through the basement or bathtubs if the clog is in the main line.
– Check the sewer clean out on your house. If the backup is inside your basement, search for the cap which is located on your basement floor and be sure it is easy for your remediation team or plumber to access if necessary.
Safety tip: If your basement has standing water in it that was caused by a sewage backup, do not ever go into the area when the power on. That is a very dangerous situation. The combination of water and electricity can potentially kill you.
It can be dangerous to deal with water and sewage backup in your basement. It is very important that you assess the risks before you attempt to perform any cleanup. Sewage contaminated water may contain various viruses and bacteria. Although they are not transmitted in the air, coming in contact with your skin can result in infections or rashes if you have even tiny cuts or open sores. Accidentally touching your mouth, eyes, or nose with gloves or hands that are contaminated with sewage can cause you to get sick. Whenever there is sewage backup in your basement, it is usually safer and more beneficial to contact professionals and let them handle the problem. Alto Sewer provides comprehensive sewage clean up services. We have specially trained teams who can effectively and safely extract any sewage and water, assess the damage, and then get a comprehensive remediation plan completed that might include pack out services, furniture cleaning, content drying, and structural dehumidification, as necessary.
Sewer backups inside a basement are messy and smelly, and it is best to leave it up to professionals. The kind of home disaster is dangerous as well. Keep your family and yourself safe, and allow Alto Sewer to handle your sewage backup for you.