How does Sewage Damage Work?
How does Sewage Damage Work?
When you are dealing with sewage damage in your Prescott, AZ home, you want to make sure that the job is done right. That's why we have highly trained technicians who will assess the damage and determine whether you need to call your insurance company. We will remove any damaged materials and contents that are non-salvageable while our crew is drying out the area. We use fans and dehumidifiers to completely dry out the affected area as quickly as possible so that mold won't grow.
What is Sewage Damage?
Sewage damage is caused by a backup of sewer water. This can be caused by several things. One of the most common causes is tree roots that have built up over time and are clogging up your sewer line. Other materials such as grease or food particles can also cause blockages in your pipes, causing sewage damage to your home.
Where does it come from?
Sewage damage can occur in your home, basement, or garage. When you have a sewage backup, it's called sewer backup. Sewer backups happen when water enters your pipes and mixes with the waste that is waiting for the sewer service to collect it.
When this happens, the water will push all the waste up through your pipes until it comes out onto your flooring or even into walls/ceilings.
The possible causes of sewage backups include:
- A broken pipe allows water to fill up these areas of your home.
- A storm or heavy rainstorm causes an overflow.
How do you clean it up?
To begin the cleanup of your flooded home, you will need:
- Remove all damaged materials. For example, if drywall or insulation is stained by sewage water, remove it, and dispose of it properly.
- Remove non-salvageable items such as carpeting/flooring and cabinets in order to give yourself more space for clearing out excess moisture from your home's structure.
First, our highly trained technicians will assess the damage.
Our technicians will:
- Check the area for any additional damage.
- Check for signs of mold and mildew.
- Check for signs of water damage, including standing water, pools, or puddles of water.
- If there is evidence of sewage backup, we'll recommend that you contact a plumber to fix your plumbing system before we proceed with cleanup services.
Then we will determine whether you need to call your insurance company.
If you have insurance, it is best that you call your agent and let them know what has happened so they can help with the claim process. If you don't have a policy, we can help find one that fits your needs and budget.
If there was sewage damage in your home because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, then the person responsible should pay for any damages caused by their negligence.
While our crew is drying out the area, you should turn off the power to the room.
- While our crew is drying out the area, you should turn off power to the room.
- Turn off power at the circuit breaker or fuse box, not just at a single switch.
- Do not use the room until it is completely dry.
We will shut off the water valve to prevent sewage backup.
The first thing we will do is shut off the water valve to prevent sewage backup. We can then shut off power to affected area. After that, we'll remove all contents from affected area and clean up any sewage backup before using fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the wet area.
We will remove any damaged materials and contents that are non-salvageable.
Our technicians will carefully remove all items from the affected area, including carpets and pads if necessary.
Our crew will use fans and dehumidifiers to completely dry out the affected area.
The fan will be used to circulate the air and help dry out the carpet faster. In addition, we will place a dehumidifier inside your home to remove excess moisture from the air. This prevents mold growth and mildew growth that can occur when there is excessive moisture in your home.
By using fans to circulate air throughout your home and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from it, we can prevent bacteria growth, mildew growth, or other types of unhealthy conditions that may occur if left untreated after sewage damage has occurred.
SERVPRO of Yavapai County is here to help you with any sewage damage, so feel free to give us a call at any time. Our team can be reached 24/7 by phone or e-mail.