What to Do if You Have Sewage in Your Home
It’s not hard to imagine the negative health impacts that can come from sewage backup inside your home. If your sewage system stops working or backs up anywhere inside or outside your home, it is imperative that you take the necessary steps to protect yourself.
Before a professional arrives to help you resolve your sewer backup, there are a few key steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your home:
- Vacate affected areas. Do not continue to use bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, or any other areas that sewage overflow has entered. Dangerous contaminants in sewage don’t just harm floors, walls, and furniture—they also compromise the air the room, making it unsafe to sleep, breathe, or otherwise spend time in the affected space. Block off flooded areas so children and pets cannot enter.
- Ventilate flooded areas. When you have evacuated the area, open windows and doors in order to let fresh air in and to prevent mold, mildew, and other fungus from growing.
- Turn off utilities. In order to prevent further flooding, damage to your home, and/or dangerous contamination, it may be a good idea to shut off the main water line to your home. You can find your home’s shut-off valve on a wall near the front of your house, you water heater, garage, or under a covered box outside. Once you have shut off your water, do not use it until you’ve had your sewer repaired, because your water is likely contaminated and unsafe to use. (Even if water in the rest of your home looks okay, you should still avoid using it in order to stay as safe as possible.)
- Shut off the power. If shutting off power in your home or in flooded areas requires wading through contaminated areas, proceed with caution. Only do so if you can safely shut off power and enter the affected area without being shocked or electrocuted by wires, submerged power outlets, or wet appliances. If you do have to enter the affected area, wear protective gear such as rubber boots, gloves, face masks, etc.
- Bleach it. Adding some chlorine bleach won’t fix the problem or eliminate all health risks associated with standing sewage water, but it doesn’t hurt. Don’t go overboard or pour jugs of bleach over the affected areas; however, a little here and there can disinfect some of the water and make your home a bit safer to inhabit until the problem is fixed.
When your sewer backs up and floods your home, don’t try to fix it yourself. If your sewage system is backed up so badly that it is flooding a portion of your home, you will likely need sewer repairs. When your sewer is broken, let a professional plumber handle it for you. If you are currently experiencing a sewage backup of any kind, don’t wait until it’s a full-blown disaster with extensive damage before getting in touch with an experienced Van Nuys plumber from Twin Home Experts.
Talk to a member of our team by calling (818) 927-6309, or set an appointment with us today.