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Sewage backup is an unpleasant situation that many home owners have to face at one time or another. This could be caused by many factors including, broken pipes, clogged drains, or defective sewage drainage system. Whatever the cause, you will have your hands full once sewage water enters your homes. If sewage water has entered your home you should go in for the task of water removal immediately.
Sewage water needs more attention than normal water. Sewage water removal should be tackled by someone who has enough knowledge and is fully aware of the risks involved. Sewage is a solid waste that carries deadly viruses, bacteria, fungus, toxic chemicals, parasites, and other life threatening contaminants. While performing the task of sewage water removal you should be well equipped with rubber gloves and shoes and use a respiratory mask. Remember sewage water can be the cause of many diseases.
The moment sewage back up takes place in your home, you should take action promptly. Delay could mean more danger. Therefore, start the water removal operation right away. The first step you should take while dealing with sewage back up is to ascertain the reason for sewage back up. There could be many reasons like a septic tank that does not work properly or was flooded owing to heavy rainfall. Sometimes the cause for this unpleasant situation is quite simple, like a child flushing down a hard object in the toilet. Heavy rains or soaked soil also cause sewage backup.
You can dig a trench near your tank. You can go ahead with the job of water removal by pulling the rain water away from the contaminated water. The saturation becomes less and you have less amount of sewage to tackle. In most cases, the tank is dug up and the raw sewage pumped into it will be disposed in other sites.
In case heavy rainfall has caused the sewage backup, the tank can be pumped through the clean out drain. If you have difficulty in performing the operation, take the help of a professional plumber. The clean out drain is situated in tank screw cap portion from where you can get direct access to the septic tank. This will however be only a temporary solution to the problem of sewage backup. If you are looking for a more permanent solution, make a drainage trench near your tank. This will minimize the risk of your septic tank flooding in future.
Once you have performed the task of sewage water removal, you should disinfect all the objects and areas that have been touched by the contaminated sewage water. You can take the advice of a professional as to what product you should use to prevent health hazards and make your home a secure place to live in. If the sewage backup took place because a hard object has been flushed into your toilet, then it may be necessary to remove the toilet. Prior to removing the toilet, you should make sure that the water is shut. Then flush out any water left in the reserve tank.
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