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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Sewer Backup Survival: What to Do

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

What would you do in this situation?

All the snow and thaws the area will be experiencing in the next few months means more water and flooding. While floods are probably best known for causing extensive water damage to homes and businesses, they can also cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up into houses through drain pipes. These backups not only cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair, but also create health hazards.

Check out these sure-fire signs you've got a sewer backup that needs attention right away.

  • More than one drain is clogged.
  • Water backs up in other drains.
  • Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles.
  • Toilets aren't flushing like they should.

You noticed water in your home, possibly from a sewer back up, now what?

1.Rapid Response

When harmful bacteria are involved, call a professional as quickly as possible. This is a time sensitive issue.

2.Proper Sterilization

This insures appropriate removal of hazardous bacteria. Do not attempt this on your own as the contamination levels may require special equipment. Leave it to the professionals.

3.Drying Time

A crucial step that helps prevent growth of mold and stops further damage to your property. In most cases this can take some time and involve floor covering removal as well.

4.Moving Forward

Having current pictures of your home prior to an accident is highly recommended and can help insurance companies easily identify which areas were affected to help any claims move forward quicker. Make sure you document well to aid in a speedy recovery.

SERVPRO of Libertyville/North Chicago City/Lake Bluff understands the stress and worry that comes with water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. We have the specialized equipment and highly trained team to help you. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Do not hesitate to call us at 847-557-1080.

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