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Sewage Leaks Will Always Stink | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls

3/15/2024 (Permalink)

sewage water pooling on a kitchen floor after a leak SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is always ready to respond to your call when biohazard incidents strike.

One thing that none of us ever want to deal with is finding a sewage leak in our home or business. It might not be the most extensive damage your space will ever see, but it will be a stinky, messy situation.

Sewage leaks are actually pretty common, and they can happen anywhere. Knowing how to handle them quickly is the best way to prevent a major disaster and keep yourself and your space safe (and a little less smelly).

What to Do First

When there is a clog or other blockage in your sewer lines, wastewater will begin to head in the wrong direction and come back up through sinks, showers and tubs. Sewage leaks can also start when there is damage to your water line or sewage pipes.

Whatever caused your leak, make sure you stay away from it. There are three kinds of classifications that are used when flooding strikes, including white water, gray water and black water. White water and gray water stem from nontoxic sources, but black water is considered hazardous. Sewage leaks are classified as black water. This kind of leak contains viruses, bacteria and microbes that could negatively affect your health.

Steer clear of the actual leak, and cut the water off to your home or office. If you can safely do so, open windows around the area and turn on fans to help eliminate fumes. Secure the area so that no one else can access the leak. If the leak has happened in your home, make sure any pets are kept safely away from the leak.

Where SERVPRO® Comes In

At SERVPRO, our team is trained and certified in restoring and cleaning after a biohazard leak has occurred. From the moment you call us, we will gather as much information as possible while we simultaneously start putting together a team and the proper equipment to handle your recovery.

As you wait for our team to arrive, spend some time taking photos of the affected area. This might not be fun to photograph, but the more images you can get, the easier any claims you file with insurance will go. These pictures can also help us identify what has caused the leak in order to take the fastest approach to correcting it.

When our team does get to your property, we will start by seeking out the source of the problem while we also begin removing standing sewage and water. Remember that we are dealing with biohazard situation. Our team will be protected with the proper safety gear, but you will need to stay away as much as possible until things are safer.

Your restoration will include deep-cleaning and the repair of any physical damage that was done during the leak. We will also fully sanitize the space and address any odors that are hanging around. Using deodorizers and ventilation, we will make sure that smells are completely gone and your space is fully yours again.

If sewage starts backing up in your space, call us. We will handle cleaning up the mess and getting everything back to normal fast.

Sewage leaks should always be cleaned up by professionals. Call SERVPRO, and we will take care of you.

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