HOGANSVILLE, GA SEWAGE AND SEPTIC BACKUP CLEANUP AND RESTORATION
Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.
Champion has certified technicians that will promptly and professionally perform the sewage removal in your home or business according to IICRC standards. Our tasks include: protecting occupant health, immediately removing potentially harmful contaminants, salvaging valuable property and restoring the affected environment to a dry, clean and odor-free state.
What Causes Sewage Backup?
There are four main causes for sewer blockages and sewage water damage:
- Solid Flushes. The most common cause for sewage backup in Vallejo, CA is a blockage in the pipe between the home or building and the city main. This is usually caused by solid objects that accidentally entered the system such as disposable diapers, garbage, toys, or other debris.
- Structural Defects. Different structural defects can develop over time and eventually cause major damage to the system, leading to a serious overflow that will require sewage removal in Vallejo, CA and a complete reconstruction of sewer lines. These defects include misaligned pipes, pipe collapses, and cracks or holes in the line.
- Root Infiltration. Tree roots are a major cause of sewage backups. They can enter the service pipe at joints and spread, causing blockages along the way. Growing tree roots can also create structural defects by cracking the pipes as they expand.
- City sewer backup or surge. If the backup occurs in a city sewage line, the wastewater will normally overflow out of the lowest possible opening. In some homes or buildings, especially those with basements, the overflowing sewage wastewater may exit through the home or building’s lower drains and toilets.
The IICRC provides a specific set of practical standards for sewage removal. According to the IICRC S500 standards, sewage removal should only be done by experienced and trained technicians equipped with full protective equipment, including tyvek suits, gloves, and masks and by using specialized equipment such as air scrubbers and dehumidifiers.
Here are the key principles homeowners should know about sewage back-ups according to the IICRC:
- Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
- Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
- It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
- Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly. This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too. There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
- Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a “third party” indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or “clearance testing” to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.
WHY USE A CLEANTRUST/IICRC CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL?
Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their pre-loss condition. Look for the cleantrust logo to verify IICRC certification.