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Restoring A Heathy Home After A Sewage Backup

Let’s start this subject with a collective “YUK”!  There are not many events in home ownership that are more disgusting than a sewer backup. That holds true whether it is a septic system backup or a municipal sanitary sewer backup. It is nasty.

The floating stained shreds of toilet tissue, the black and grey water, the odor and various lumps amid the water are not easy to forget. 
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Sewage backups rank as one of the top causes of mold contamination of homes in addition to the other illnesses that it can harbor. If you think about it, sewage is both food and water for mold.    

Sewage backups and drain overflows contain contaminants that can cause serious illness or disease. Disease causing agents in raw sewage include bacteria, parasites, and viruses that cause serious illnesses including Hepatitis A. Tetanus, Leptospirosis, infections by Cryptosporidium & Giardia and gastrointestinal diseases.

The best advice is to have a professional with proper training and equipment clean up any sewage problem. In many cases the sewage problem is covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy.

Whether you make the choice to have a professional do a cleanup or not, it is better to know the correct way to handle the sewage. I have wanted to write an accurate article about the subject for years but needed to see a cleanup first-hand. I thank Un-Flood-It of Tarentum PA for allowing me to accompany them on a proper professional sewage cleanup.  

Posted by Dan Howard on July 27th, 2019 2:54 AM



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