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A Redding Plumbers Insight on Sewage Backup Problems and Solutions

Sewage backup is one of the most harmful and foul scenarios that can happen in a home or a business. What makes sewage backup so detrimental to the interior of a building is the multiple problems that come with it. If not treated quickly and correctly, then certain health problems can occur, along with water damage, odor stagnation and potentially even the formulation of mold and other bacteria. Below are the problems and solutions to sewage backup.


Health Dangers: Many diseases can occur from exposure to untreated sewage, including Weil’s disease, Allergic Alveolitis, or occupational asthma. This can occur through hand-to-mouth exposure, breathing or even skin contact. Certain levels of exposure will lead to different intensities of reactions to sewage backup, but don’t wait around to find out. Fix the situation as soon as possible.

Water Damage: If the sewage backup isn’t taken care of as soon as possible, then the contaminated area will suffer from water damage. Since you’ll be dealing with sewage backup and not just a water leak, there will be sludge damage, which is more difficult and time consuming to clean, along with the water damage.

Odor: Sewage has a horrendous odor. If you don’t want a permanent or long-lasting stench in your home or business, then speed is your friend. It might be a good idea to deodorize the area afterwards anyway just to be safe, especially if it’s a business.

Mold: Mold can be formed if water isn’t removed quickly enough and the water damaged items in the area don’t get cleaned. You may get rid of the sewage backup, but if mold forms, then you’re basically set back at the beginning of your cleaning and restoration process. Mold carries with it many health problems. The symptoms also depend on the length of the exposure.


Water Damage Restoration: The safest and easiest solution to water damage is hiring a team of professionals to do the dirty work for you. If so, choose an insured and experienced water damage restoration team. However, if you’re going to clean the sewage area yourself, make sure to have the right equipment; water pump, vacuum, trash bags and cleaning supplies. Before you do anything, make sure to have the proper cleaning attire, such as gloves, waterproof boots and a face shield. Depending on the depth of the water, you’ll start with a water pump, then a vacuum. Muck and sludge will be on the floor and walls, so hose down the dirty areas and then repeat the first step. Then you’ll organize damaged and wet items into two categories; trash or treasure. Whatever is not worth cleaning should be put into trash bags. Rub down the walls first with disinfectant, rinse with clean water. Do the same thing for the floors by mopping them and rinsing with clean water. Just to be safe, go over the walls and floor again with a sanitizer or bleach and water cleaning solution. Open windows for air circulation and room ventilation. This will help avoid the next potential threat.

Mold Inspection: If the water has been sitting in an area for a long enough period of time, perform a mold inspection to avoid another problem down the road, mold infestation. If you do find mold on items, that is an easy fix. Simply throw it away or clean it. If there is mold on or inside the walls, you’ll need to call a professional to take of this problem. This is a more complicated procedure than to take care of it yourself. You’d need proper breathing supplies and equipment that will quarantine the mold, since it can spread and cause health problems through breathing. Chances are you won’t have this equipment, so it’s best to leave to someone experienced and more prepared.

Whether dealing with sewage or water backup, the safest way to solve the problem is rely on a professional to handle the situation. They’ll have a trained team to resolve the issues quickly, which can only benefit you, since speed is the best solution to handling sewage backup and water damage.

About the author

Samuel Ott is a blogger for Paul Davis Restoration, experts in water damage restoration in the Kansas City area. For more info on water damage sources and restoration, visit their website.