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What to do after a Sewage Backup in your Winter Park Home

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Sewer lines transport wastewater away from your home through underground plumbing that leads to local sewer mains. If a clog forms in the bar or a cable fails, it can create a raw sewage backup in your home. It may not be as destructive as a fire or a tornado, but it presents a variety of health hazards and sanitation issues. It may result in considerable property damage, and serious personal injury SERVPRO of Grand Routt & Rio Blanco counties offers tips for what to do when there's a sewage backup in your home.

Check all the toilets, sinks, and waste pipes for blockages. If there is a blockage that you can clear, clear it. If needed, call a plumber for assistance.

Avoid using the toilets or sinks until the blockage is cleared. If it's a mainline clog, the water will back up and then come up through the bathtubs or basement.

Determine if the issue is isolated to one drain or toilet or impacts all the drains and bathrooms in your home. If you are experiencing problems with only one drain, you likely have a plumbing issue. You may be able to resolve the problem yourself with a plunger or contact a plumber.

If you're having problems with more than one drain or toilet, the issue is likely a sewer line leaving your home or the city's mainline.

Wear rubber gloves or use a wooden stick to shut off the electricity.

Open some windows in the flooded area to allow fresh air into the rooms and fumes to escape.

Add a bit of bleach to any standing water to slow down the spread of sewage-borne bacteria.

Always keep children and pets away from the affected area.

Document the damage by taking photos with your cellphone or camera.

Be sure you also check with your insurance company. They often cover problems caused by sewer backups.

If you have a Sewage backup in your property that you need to clean, call SERVPRO of Grand Routt & Rio Blanco counties for Water Damage Restoration and Repairs, we can help. Call us today at 970-949-3235. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

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