As mentioned, sewage can occur from a simple toilet overflow. Those dirty jobs are easy to handle. Put on rubber gloves, preferably rubber boots, and other protective gear so there is no skin contact. A wet/dry vacuum is a handy tool for picking up raw sewage, since you are dealing with just one overflow and the amount is small. After removing the waste, use a powerful disinfectant on the floor to clean the last of it up. If you have carpet, it needs to be replaced.
The big jobs
Some sewage backups occur because of a failed sewer system, not just a simple overflow of a toilet.
A more common issue with sewer problems is when your sewer line is attacked by tree roots. Over time, roots can work their way into your sewer line, as they search for water. The roots grow into the line, expanding and eventually plugging up the line completely. Then your normal household use of the plumbing system backs up into the home.
The worst type is a backflow from the public sewer system, where gallons, or even hundreds of gallons of raw sewage from all types of sources can enter your Centerville home. There are various causes of this, but the bottom line is you now have contaminants that are extremely hazardous to your health.
Whenever a sewage backup happens, big or small, it’s time to protect yourself. Don’t attempt to go into the basement and clean it yourself, even if you have face-masks and skin protection. The biological hazards are just too great.
This is one of those times you must call a professional water damage company, one that specializes in sewage issues. Call Dragon Restoration, (937) 428-2626. Our professionals are trained to safely and completely clean up a sewage backup!