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How To Cope With The Aftermath Of Water Damage Caused By Sewage

02/09/15

  03:46:00 am, by war   , 440 words  
Categories: Sewage Cleanup

How To Cope With The Aftermath Of Water Damage Caused By Sewage

There are a variety of issues that can cause water damage, and the scale of the problem can range from waist-deep floods to minor leaks. No matter how extensive (or how minor) water damage is, though, it needs to be addressed quickly and comprehensively to prevent further damage to either your home or your belongings. Although many homeowners are quite capable of cleaning up excess water and drying out floors, it's usually best to rely on professionals to insure that the root cause of water damage is fixed and any structural damage is repaired. Whether it's from leaky pipes, broken appliances, or weather intrusion through your roof, doors, or windows, water damage is always serious business.

One particularly dangerous type of water damage is the dreaded sewer spill. Sewage accidents can occur at any time, usually without warning. Here are just a few of the potential problems that can introduce sewage to your home:

Significant blockages anywhere in a residential sewer line (often from household debris that gets stuck in drains or flushed down toilets) can cause sewage to back up into your home.

Although most toilets have a wax base ring designed to protect against seepage and sewage backflow, this piece of hardware can degrade over time. If it crumbles or breaks, overflow is a distinct (and costly!) possibility.

Trees on your property can interfere with sewage lines. Sometimes they can disrupt incoming water. Other times (if they penetrate outgoing sewer lines) they can send your wastewater back to you.

When excessive precipitation is a problem, in the form of rain, ice, or snow, entire sections of municipal sewer lines can be affected. This can cause sewage overflow in multiple houses simultaneously. Thankfully, municipal authorities typically assist with cleaning up this kind of sewage spill.

There's an alternative community scenario, which may cause sewage damage to multiple homes: Equipment failure at the nearest sewage plant. Once again, your local municipality should provide copious assistance in the aftermath of this kind of accident.

The reason why sewage spills are particularly dangerous is because they pose a health risk to you and your family above and beyond the property damage that might be caused by any water damage incident. Sewage is highly unsanitary and frequently carries dangerous contaminants.

Besides its own danger, sewage provides a terribly fertile breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and other dangerous microorganisms. Long-term health risks deriving from improperly cleaned sewage spills include tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A, giardia, and many other serious conditions. Beyond engaging professionals to handle this type of water damage restoration, it's also a good idea to vacate your home until the experts confirm that the problem has been fully resolved.

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