Any water line break that floods your home is less than ideal, but when a sewer line breaks, there is a whole new level of ick that’s added to the mix. While you’re waiting for professional cleanup, these sewer cleanup tips can help keep you safe and healthy, and keep your damage to a minimum.
Check the Sewer Main
Check under the top cover of your sewer main to see which end the damage is on. If there is no standing water in the valve, the leak is most likely on your property somewhere. However, if there is standing water in your sewer main cover, it may be a city problem.
Preventing More Damage
The first thing you should do when you home floods is turn off the electricity. This is imperative to keep your family safe as water is a number one conductor of electrical currents. In order to keep the damage to a minimum, it’s important to remove any standing water as soon as possible. You will need a wet/dry vacuum system, rubber gloves, towels, and fans to ideally complete the task. Remove as much of the water as you can at a very quick rate to keep it from spreading.
Dealing With Current Damage
Once the water is removed, it’s time to take inventory. Throw out anything that has been saturated in the water, including books, photos, and material or carpet. This will prevent germs and bacteria from making your family sick. Nonporous items can be cleaned and saved.
When dealing with sewer damage, it is vital to keep order and complete each task in an organized manner to minimize the spread of germs and bacteria. If you think you or a loved one may have ingested any of the water, call for medical care immediately. Otherwise, call the Rescue Restoration experts for timely, professional sewer water removal and sewer cleanup at 469.626.9516.