Sewage Backup Can Shut Down Your Business FAST!!!
A sewage backup at your business or residence is no laughing matter and can be a very serious health and safety situation as well for everyone on the property. Of all the different types of water damage out there a sewage leak is one of the most difficult, dangerous and hazardous to all involved. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) raw sewage can pose some very serious health effects to people due to the presence of such things as Giardia, Legionella and many other toxic compounds that can pose serious potential health effects.
Anyone experiencing a sewage backup in their home, business or facility should call a professional cleaning and restoration company like SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge. When it comes to a water loss involving sewage we recommend that ONLY professionals try to clean it up due to the inherent risk of health and safety due to the nature of the water loss.
Sewage is classified as what category of water loss?
All sweage backups, sewage leaks and sewage spills are considered to be category 3 water damage, category 3 water is considered black water due to the danger of the contaminates found inside the water and the risk they propose to anyone in the general vicinity of the loss. Category 3 water or black water is widely considered to be the most dangerous and most harmful category of water and the one that presents the most inherent risk to the techs and clients onsite.
How can you catch Sewage Backup early?
When it comes to sewage backup the first sign of problems is actually not visual in nature. The first sign of a sewage backup is actually the smell that is emitted from the plumbing system. The gases within the sewage well up and expand and begin releasing fumes that are a tell tale sign that sewage backup is on the way. Once the backup becomes visual with black water it can look very different depending on the situation. Most sewage back up will come out in the form of dark murky water with a very unpleasant odor. This black water is very dangerous and can impose severe health effects if contact is made and can even cause some health effects from breathing the fumes in at the site.
The Where, Why and How of Sewage Backups
Sewage backups mainly occur in areas that have a high number and proximity to sewage lines like bathrooms, basements, kitchens and laundry rooms. These locations have the highest probability of a black water backup due to the presence of the lines in their spaces. There are a variety of different reasons for sewage backups including blockage in the cities main sanitary line, old sewer pipes, tree roots.
Category 3 / Sewage Cleanup Services
If you are someone you know is experiencing a black water or sewage back-up please call the professionals to clean it up. These things can be dangerous and can cause severe health effects. SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge can handle all of your Emergency Services when it comes to category 3 water cleanup scenarios. Give us a call at (225)753-3434.