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How to Handle Sewer Backup in Your Commercial Building

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Handle Sewer Backup in Your Commercial Building

A flooded toilet in your Fallbrook,CA, building is never a pleasant experience. It is unsanitary and can cause costly damage. To reduce the effects of the backup, you should have it cleaned right away. The following steps will need to be performed.

1. Turn Off the Water Source

Before beginning sewer cleanup, you will need to make sure the water is no longer flowing into the area. To do this, you can turn off your building’s water supply line. Once this has been done, you can focus on fixing the problem.

2. Block Off the Area

If the sewer backup is not contained, it can contaminate other areas of the building. You should block off the area to keep the sewage from spreading. You can do this by using tarps or wooden boards to seal in the water.

3. Move Items to a Safe Location

To keep them from becoming contaminated, you should move any items in the area to a dry place before sewer cleanup begins. If you don’t, you may end up needing to throw them away and buy replacements since sewage water is highly contaminated.

4. Remove the Water

To prevent further damage, the water should be removed quickly. High levels of moisture can contribute to mold growth and damaged building materials. In the case of category 3 water, bacteria will continue to spread as the water sits.

5. Sanitize the Area

Once the water has been removed, you can begin sanitizing the area. This should be done in any places the water has touched and should also include any affected items. Protective gear such as gloves should be worn during cleaning.
Because a backup often involves contaminated water, you should have sewer cleanup done by a professional cleanup and restoration service. Not only will they have the necessary training but they will also have access to high-quality equipment. They can have your building back to its previous condition quickly and safely.

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