If you have a sewage spill or backup in your home, you are probably just beside yourself right now. These types of disasters are all too common and they affect many people every year. What will make or break you in this situation is how you handle it. While we know you are already upset, frustrated, stressed out, and sad, it is time to sit down and think about what you can do to restore your home, so that you can recover after this incident. Below, we will go over some tips to help you overcome something as drastic as a sewage backup.
We cannot stress this enough – you need to put SAFETY first! If you do not, you will find that you get injured or you injure someone else in your family. The very first step you need to take in a sewage spill or backup is to shut off the electric and gas. You do not want these things on when you are standing in any type of water or sewage.
Also, you need to make sure you have protective gear to wear and that you have protective gear to place over clean areas in the home.
- Take Pictures
Now is the time to take pictures of everything, especially if you need to make a claim. If you wait to take pictures, your claim may no longer be valid, so snap a pic before you clean up.
If you are unsure of what to take pictures of, think about the items that have been ruined. Large items such as televisions, couches, and any other items that you had covered under your insurance.
- Get Rid of the Water Then the Debris
You need to have the water drained from your home and it is best to have a professional handle this part of the sewage cleanup for you. A professional will use a sump pump to remove the water, which will leave all of the remaining debris.
Now, you want to remove ALL items that had any type of contact or close contact with the sewage. These items are trash. You do not want to risk any infections or disease by keeping them. It is better to toss them than to keep them.
- Sanitize Your Home and Then Dry It Up
Once you have all of the debris gone, your home needs to be sanitized by professionals. This means that the floor and walls need to be cleaned and washed with an anti-microbial solution.
Lastly, you need to dry your home out and let it complete air out before you just move back into your home. If you place furniture or carpet down on a wet floor, mold will grow and lead to bigger problems.
Contact RestorePro Today
If you are in need of sewage cleanup, contact RestorePro today at 781-664-9800 for MA residents and 603-253-2068 for NH residents. You can also visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911.