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Safety First with Sewer Backups in Rochester, MN

ServiceMaster of Rochester provides sewage backup repair for homes and businesses in the Rochester area There are a lot of different kinds of messes that happen when you own a home or other property. The need for immediate water removal can be caused by spills, storm damage, flooding, electrical problems, and other natural and man-made disasters. But when it comes to cleaning up, few problems are worse than sewer backup. Should you find yourself dealing with a backed-up sewer, there are some things you need to know to take the appropriate actions. When the sewage cleanup and water removal task becomes too much for you, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester.

First and foremost, deal with it immediately. 

The water damage and contamination must be contained and removed as soon as possible. Before you try to investigate to determine the cause, make sure you are protected. That means waterproof boots, plastic gloves, and a protective mask at a minimum. These items should be disposed of or cleaned and decontaminated immediately after use. If you are unable to easily determine the origin of the leak or back up and stop it, do not hesitate to call a plumber. Wasted time reacting translates into more time for contamination. Until the area can be ventilated, take care not to use an open flame like a match, lighter, or torch in the contaminated space. Sewer gasses are very explosive and have been known to ignite and cause serious fire damage on top of the existing water damage. If the problem is small and contained, you may want to treat the area yourself. If you do, make sure you follow careful cleaning and decontamination procedures. This includes wearing proper protective clothing, disposing of collected sewage and contaminates in a sanitary sewer drain, mopping or using a wet/dry vacuum to remove any standing liquid, cleaning thoroughly with hot water and detergent, and decontaminating the area with a mixture of water and bleach. Materials that have come into contact with contaminates must be disposed of promptly and properly.

Why must such great care be taken when dealing with sewer backup?

Sewage contains an incredibly long list of bacteria, micro-organisms, organic matter, and even chemicals that have found their way into the sewer. Those toxic materials pose a serious health hazard to anyone coming into contact with them or surfaces/items they may have touched. Diseases and health hazards commonly associated with sewage are E-Coli, salmonella, hepatitis, gastroenteritis, and inflammation of the lungs, as well as a variety of skin problems and rashes. Symptoms can range from cramps to diarrhea and vomiting, coughs and fever from bacteria and infection. A list like that should get anyone’s attention. That’s why it is highly recommended you contact a cleaning professional specifically trained in sewage decontamination and water damage restoration. They have the equipment such as pumps, vacuums, fans, dehumidifiers, deodorizers, and cleaning materials needed to get your property back to normal and safe. In Rochester, Minnesota, when there is a sewage backup problem, contact the cleaning and restoration experts at ServiceMaster of Rochester. At ServiceMaster of Rochester, our team of trained professionals will do whatever it takes to get your home or business cleaned, decontaminated, and ready for use. Since timing is so critical when dealing with a sewage problem, we are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

At ServiceMaster of Rochester, we think of ourselves as more than cleaning professionals. We are your friends and neighbors. Contact us any time for any cleaning emergency.