What is Black Water and How to Clean It?

EEEEWWW!!  That’s probably the first thought any homeowner has when he or she finds sewage water backed up in their home.  And that’s entirely healthy – sewage isn’t just unpleasant, it can be dangerous.  But there’s no need to despair because you can count on Restore Pro to make your home safe and comfortable again.

There are different types of sewage that a homeowner might have to contend with.  Raw untreated sewage, also known as “black water”, commonly contains human waste.  It can end up in your home because of a backed-up sewer line or a broken toilet.  Just a few drops of black water can contain millions of microorganisms that are capable of causing a host of diseases ranging from hepatitis to skin infections.  It can also carry fungal spores that can lead to severe mold infestations.  Black water also gives off gasses that are poisonous to humans.

If the backup involves raw, untreated sewage, you and your family will need to vacate the home until cleanup is completed, and the longer you wait, the longer the cleanup is likely to take.  Whoever does the cleanup work will need to wear personal protective equipment like coats boots, gloves, goggles, and respirators, to prevent exposure to contaminants.

“Grey Water”, which comes from rain runoff or drainage from your bathtub or kitchen sink, is less of an immediate danger, but still needs to be cleaned up quickly.  If you suspect that sewage has spilled into your home, don’t wait, call Restore Pro immediately.  Unless you are certain that you are dealing with grey water this is not something you want to take on by yourself.  We have staff available to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our team will work quickly to find and cut off the source, and then drain sewage and sewage water away from your home.  Sewage will seep quickly into porous materials, whether they be furnishings like carpets and furniture, or structural materials like untreated wood and drywall.  Our trained staff will find and safely dispose of anything that has been contaminated.  They will clean and disinfect nonporous surfaces, like tiles and hardwood floors.  Our crews are trained to remove biohazards according to OSHA rules.  We have the knowledge and the equipment to clean up the spill quickly, thoroughly, and safely.

After the initial cleanup, our crew will circulate, filter, and dehumidify the air in your home, flushing out the noxious odors and removing any airborne contaminants.  Combined with thorough disinfection, drying out the air in your home will also minimize the risk of mold infestations down the road.

Our goal is to return your home to being safe, clean, and comfortable as quickly as possible.  If you suspect that sewage has pilled in your home call Restore Pro immediately at 1-800-847-0114.    Any time, day or night, we’ll be there quickly to assess the spill and get cleanup underway.