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A Smelly Situation: Sewer Backups

In a perfect world, we would expect that our pipes in our household will run smoothly. Yet, in reality this could not be further from the truth. There are thousands sewer backups of reported in the basement. It occurs when the pipes that lead from your bathrooms, such as toilet and shower pipes, burst due to age, erosion or heat. As a result, the pipe will fail, causing the contents to spill. To be honest, I could not even imagine the odor, the sight or my reaction if I ever found my basement filled with human waste and other bathroom trash. But we should always be prepared as well. So what are the best ways to clean sewer backup?

Sewer backup.There are two possibilities. The first and perhaps the method you should apply as quickly as possible is to use a solution comprised of bleach detergent, water and trisodium phosphate. Using a toothbrush, scrub and rinse thoroughly areas that have been impacted. This is a fantastic and cheap way to slow down the growth of mold and clean up sewer back up. It will kill the bacteria that will also cause diseases. Afterwards, be sure to use fans, dehumidifiers and air conditioners in the impacted area, to further decrease the chances of mold growth and help the odor.

As horrific as a sewer back up sounds, it can be controlled and limited in terms of damage. You just must take the proper steps, not panic and use the correct resources to help.  If you have sewer backup or water damage, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate!

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