A sewage backup can be disgusting and devastating. Not only will it cause damage throughout your basement or home and ruin possessions, but it also poses a significant health risk to your family and pets. Despite the damage sewage can cause, most people still want to know how much cleaning up sewage costs before calling a professional sewage cleanup and restoration company. While the national average for sewage cleanup is about $7 per square foot, it’s important to consider the risks associated with sewage and what is included in professional sewage cleanup and restoration.
What is Sewage?
Sewage is the wastewater from all of the plumbing systems in your home, including all materials that go down your drains or toilets. Whether from your toilets, bathtubs, shows, sinks, or washing machines, all wastewater drains out through your lateral sewer line into the municipal sewer system. Sewage then flows to a water treatment and processing facility.
Health Risks of Sewage
Due to the nature of sewage, it is a breeding ground for parasites, bacteria, viruses, and mold. Not only can a sewage backup damage to your property, but it also poses a significant health risk to your family and pets. Sewage can carry a variety of diseases, including Hepatitis A, rotavirus, Norwalk virus, E. coli, Salmonella, Leptospira, Cryptosporidium parvum, and Giardia intestinalis.
How Much Does Cleaning Up Sewage Cost?
While the national average for sewage cleanup costs about $7 per foot, there are a number of variables that impact the cost of cleaning up sewage. These include the size of the area, type of materials involved, how difficult it is to extract the sewage, and the amount of reconstruction necessary.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict how much cleaning up sewage will cost without seeing the extent of the damage first hand. For that reason, we always offer free, no obligation estimates, as well as 24-hour emergency service and 30-minute response time.
In some cases, your homeowners’ insurance policy will cover damage from a sewage backup. Our experienced sewage cleanup specialists will be happy to call your agent with you to ensure they cover the maximum amount of damage.
Why You Should Hire a Professional After a Sewage Backup
Due to the mold, parasites, viruses, and bacteria found in sewage, it’s requires a number of safety precautions to prevent contamination and illness. In most cases, rain boots, dish gloves, and dust masks don’t offer the required level of protection. Our professional sewage cleanup technicians use special equipment to protect themselves from harmful microbes.
While you may think of turning to your shop vac or other wet dry vacuums will help, they lack the suction and capacity to effectively clean up sewage. Our cleanup and restoration crews use commercial-grade pumps and equipment that are capable of thoroughly suctioning sewage from the area. We also have ventilators, air movers, and dehumidifiers to quickly ventilate the air and dry out the area to limit damage and prevent the spread of contaminants.
At the right concentration, bleach is effective at killing most parasites, mold, bacteria, and viruses found in sewage. However, these microbes and parasites can easily invade porous materials. While you can spray or wipe these items down with bleach, they will continue to grow inside and eventually spread. Our sewage cleanup specialists use professional cleaners and sanitizers to ensure that you and your family are safe from harm.
You should never attempt to clean up sewage yourself if you have:
- Open Wounds
- A Compromised Immune System
- Respiratory Issues
- Chronic Illnesses
The Steps to Professional Sewage Cleanup and Removal Services
Initial Assessment and Free Estimate
We offer a free assessment and free estimate so we can provide a clear of the cost for sewage cleanup in your situation. While there is no obligation to hire us, we will start work immediately if you want to proceed.
Sewage and Water Removal
The first part of the process is the removal of water and sewage. We pump out the sewage and water to limit the extent of the damage. This also decreases the potential health risks due to contamination as well.
Removal and Disposal
Once all the sewage and water have been removed, we will begin to remove items that cannot be salvaged. Paper products and other porous goods that have been exposed to sewage will need to be thrown away. Walls can be saved if they aren’t saturated with sewage. Unfortunately, they will need to be removed and replaced if they absorbed sewage.
While it is possible to clean, carpeting and carpet padding normally needs to be removed and discarded due to contamination. It’s much easier to save other types of flooring, including hardwood, laminates, and tile. However, time is critical to saving your flooring. The longer sewage has a chance to soak in, the less likely it can be cleaned and restored.
We use commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry the structural elements of your home. Mold can begin growing in as little as a few hours after a sewage backup. Prompt cleaning and dry out helps prevent this.
Sanitize, Disinfect, and Deodorize
We then sanitize and disinfect the area to prevent the growth of mold, bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Additionally, we ventilate and deodorize the area to remove harmful fumes and smells.
Finally, we rebuild the affected area and restore it to the original condition. In most cases, this involves installing new carpeting and hanging new drywall. We also will identify and fix the cause of the sewage backup. A sewage back up as a result of heavy rains or storm flooding is common. However, it’s also possible there could be a blockage or other issue with your lateral sewer line.
Call Now for a Free Estimate on the Cost of Sewage Cleanup
Our local sewage cleanup and restoration specialists are here for you after a sewage backup or water damage disaster. Whether you have an overflowing toilet or a sewage backup caused by storm flooding, you can find a local contractor to clean it up. Restoration Local is a nationwide network of contractors that provide sewage cleanup and water damage restoration services. Our contractors provide residential and commercial sewage cleanup and are ready to help no matter how large or small the job.
Find a local water damage contractor to clean up your sewage problem now or call 1-888-443-3110 to speak with the on-call contractor in your area. All of our on-call local contractors offer 24-hour emergency services, 30-minute response, and a free estimate on restoration services. Our local and reliable sewage cleanup professionals will explain the restoration process. They can begin work immediately to limit damage and prevent the spread of harmful parasites and microbes.