After a Sewage Backup

Clearing up the Mess... After the Flood or Sewage Backup

If you have a sewage back-up in your own home, you Need To clean up properly to prevent getting ill or injuring your family. Stop your children accessing any contaminated parts of the home before and during cleaning!

Below are suggestions on how best to clean-up flooding or sewage backup.

Safety First:

  • Have your utility companies shut off the gas and electricity.
  • DO NOT touch the fuse box or any plugged in cords or appliances until the electricity is shut off. Touching these could result in electric shock.
  • If an electrical motor or its controls were or are submerged under water, DO NOT restart any appliances without consulting with the dealer or a service company.
  • Do not relight appliances until checked by a gas fitter or the utility. Pilot lights must be on before relighting burners.
  • DO NOT light matches until the gas is turned off. If there is a gas leak, it could cause an explosion.

Cleansing and Sanitizing:

  • Drain all flooding and sewage by draining or pumping.
  • Clean off dirt, soil and debris from surfaces that came in contact with flood waters. Wear proper protection.
  • Wash down all walls, floors, etc. that flood water or sewage touched with clean, warm or hot water and a low suds detergent.
  • Use warm or hot water to rinse again.
  • If there was no sewage contamination - Sanitize by rinsing walls, floors and surfaces using 8 tbsps of bleach per gallon of water.
  • Air dry the area by opening windows and using fans.
  • Make sure to not track flood debris and sewage into clean areas.

Clothing, Carpet and Furniture:

  • Clothing, carpets, furniture, toys and bedding should be discarded unless they are cleaned and disinfected.
  • Movable objects can be moved outdoors for cleaning and then drying in sunlight.
  • Discarded clothing should be placed in a tightly sealed container until disposal.

After clean up, make sure that all clothing and parts of your body that came in contact with  flood waters and sewage are thoroughly washed. Be sure to wash hands immediately afterwards.

Sewer Backups

Sanitary sewage is generated by drains from lavatories, sinks, toilets and house floor drains. Since this sort of sewerage includes a high amount of contaminations and may introduce a significant danger to the surroundings as well as people, it requires treatment at sewage treatment facilities before it is discharged back into the surroundings. Sanitary sewage is accumulated through sanitary sewer system of pipes, which connect homes and buildings to under ground sewer conduits.

Sewage Backup

Storm sewage contains excess surface-water, from rainfall or snowmelt that has been collected from roads, pavement, rooftops and parking lots. Numerous methods are utilized to funnel this water to underground storm sewage pipes, including drains and catch basins. Although storm sewage is mostly much cleaner than sanitary sewage, it can still be contaminated with pet waste, salt, oil, gasoline and additional contaminants found on roads or yards.

Your neighbourhood is serviced by subterranean sewage pipes that are either combined, split or partly separated. These conduits take sanitary sewage, storm sewage, or a combination to sanitary sewage treatment facilities or storm sewage to near-by wetlands, channels and rivers.

Joined sewers are created to mechanically sidestep treatment facilities and re-route extra sewage overflow to local surface-water bodies should the system be inundated. This automated by-pass is called a combined sewer overflow (CSO), and it helps to protect sewage treatment services from damage and also reduce the likelihood of sewer back-up on properties.

Sewage backup can happen when more water is received by city sanitary, combined, or storm sewers than they can handle. Excessive water may trigger the sewers to "surcharge," and shove water backwards through home sewers and induce sewage to backup into your home through basement floor drains, toilets and basins. Surcharge can cause damage around your homes foundation, which may result in structural damage to the home along with basement floors.

For example, extra pressure in drain pipes underneath the home along with super saturated soil may result in heaving of basement surfaces. Sewerage can be pressured right back in the weeping tiles, leading to potential structural harm to the home.