When your sewer backs up or overflows the resulting sewer cleanup can be a messy and unpleasant job. These three tips can help you get the job done as painlessly as possible.
1. Take Safety Precautions
Because of the risk of contamination, it is often best to contact a professional sewage cleanup team in Lombard, IL to clean and sanitize your building. However, if you have a small spill, such as the overflow from a flooded toilet, you may be able to handle the job yourself. Whichever method you choose, you should take safety precautions.
Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed. Shut off the gas, water and electricity. If you can not do this safely yourself, then you should contact your utility companies. Move any dry items near the spill to another location. Open some windows to allow for ventilation. Be sure to wear protective equipment, such as rubber gloves, rubber boots, protective eyewear and a facemask before attempting any cleanup or entering the area of the spill.
2. Remove Sewage Quickly
The longer standing water remains in your building, the more damage it will tend to do to your property. Additionally, because sewage often contains bacteria and contaminants, the longer it takes to remove it, the greater the risk of bacteria growth and cross-contamination. For these reasons, you should perform sewer cleanup as soon as possible after a spill.
3. Know When To Call a Professional
Some sewage cleanup jobs are best left to professionals. These include large spills, sewage that has been standing for more than 24 hours, a septic tank or sewer backup and sewage that has come in contact with your building’s HVAC system.
Sewer cleanup should always be performed as soon as possible. Let 1st Choice Solutions be your solution after sewage loss.