Sewage cleanup isn’t something any Concord homeowner or business owner wants to deal with. Indoor flooding caused by a blocked toilet is one of the worst types of water damage that can occur in your home or business. Toilet water is highly unsanitary, sewer backups should never be taken lightly due to the fact that the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illnesses as well as severe structural damage to your property.
If your property suffers from sewage damage, whether it is from an overflowing toilet or a backed-up sewer line, you will need more than just a plumber to get your home or business back to normal. You will need help from a professional sewage cleanup and repair company that specializes in treating and restoring water damaged properties.
Causes of Sewage Damage From Toilets
There are two main causes of toilet overflows that can lead to indoor flooding. The most common is a bad clog within the pipe that takes water and waste from the bowl to the sewers. Solid objects like tissue paper, toys or, in today’s world, even mobile phones that are dropped and flushed can result in a bad clog. When this happens, the water can’t escape and it backs up into the surface which results in an unhygienic overflow.
Toilet water overflows can also happen when a toilet’s tank malfunctions and water continuously enters the tank. Toilet tanks are designed to shut off the water supply automatically once they’re full, but if a part in its system is broken, water from the line that feeds the tank will rush in uninterrupted and this can start an indoor flood. This type of flooding is more sanitary than the type that comes straight out of the toilet bowl, but it should still be considered dangerous and it also needs to be addressed quickly to prevent structural damage to your home or business.
There are three categories when it comes to classifying the type of water involved in a water damage disaster. Sewage or blackwater is considered a category 3. Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
Dealing With Sewage Damage
As mentioned earlier, sewage damage disasters shouldn’t be taken lightly and should never be attempted by inexperienced or ill-equipped individuals. When faced with a sewage damage disaster never enter a damaged area without proper protective equipment, rubber boots, gloves, goggles and complete body cover. Do not try to clean up and repair area yourself. Call in the professionals as soon as possible to prevent additional damage to your property. Call a team of professionals that have emergency services 24/7. Failing to act quickly can lead to mold and mildew growth in as little as 24 to 48 hours.