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Cleaning a Sewer Backup

Cleaning a Sewer Backup

In the event of a sewage backup in your home or business, it is important to evacuate all people and pets from the area.  Personal safety has to be prioritized if contaminated water is leaking into your property.  Sewage backups often come with copious amounts of bacteria that can be harmful if not cleaned up properly, so it is important to contact a restoration professional for help in the event of a major spill.

For All Sewage Spills, Use Caution During the Cleanup Process

For large sewage spills, the area should be cleared and a professional contacted to handle the clean-up.  Sewage contains bacteria that can be harmful to anyone exposed without taking the necessary safety precautions.  If the area is not cleaned and sanitized properly, the bacteria can remain and even spread long after the cleaning process.

If the sewer backup is minor and limited to one area such as the bathroom or a section of the kitchen, many people will choose to attempt cleaning it themselves.  The first step is to isolate the area to prevent contamination to other parts of the home or business.  The sewage water should be removed as soon as possible, all done while wearing protective gear including rubber gloves, rubber boots, protective eyewear and a face mask.

Remove any standing water with a wet / dry vacuum or a pump.  Items can then be removed from the area, tossing the property that was contaminated by the sewage.  If there is carpeting, rip up the carpeting and any padding underneath and dispose of this as well.  You can then begin the process of cleaning the area using a disinfectant solution on the floor, walls and any fixtures.  Don’t hesitate to continuously change the water and cleaning solution throughout the process, as it will become tainted.

Dry the Area after Cleaning and Disinfecting

After the contaminated area has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, you need ensure all areas are properly dried so that mold growth or rot does not occur in the long run.  Depending on the season, you may be able to open windows and setup fans. In most scenarios a dehumidifier and fans will work best.   

Once the work is done, properly dispose of the protective clothing that you wore during the process and immediately take a hot shower, using antibacterial soap.

The process of cleaning a sewage backup can not only be unpleasant, but it can also be dangerous if you are exposed to bacteria that it carries.  The restoration team at Soil-Away is experienced in these types of clean-ups.  Contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.

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Sewer Damage Restoration — Londonderry, NH

A Londonderry mom was distraught to wake up and find contaminated black water in her home. Her sewage line broke, and she knew that her family was in immediate danger. She quickly evacuated her family to a safe location until the damage was repaired. After researching a few restoration companies in the area, she hired Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services. She gave them a call and scheduled a time for an emergency sewer damage restoration cleanup. The crew quickly arrived on the scene in their special PPE suits and inspected the property for damage. They were kind, reassuring, and thorough, and they left the home owner with a comprehensive remediation plan so that the family was aware of the cleanup process beforehand.

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Unlike the restoration of category one and two water loss, category three water loss is filled with harmful contaminants that could pose a threat to your health. Because of the level of risk, a higher level of precaution should be taken during the remediation process. The cleaning crew will arrive on the scene in special PPE gear, gloves, and masks to protect themselves from the pollutants in the water. Once all excess water is removed the sanitization, drying and remediation process can begin.

Unfortunately, during a major category three water loss, all affected porous and semi-porous material must be properly disposed of to prevent cross contamination from occurring. Carpet, drywall, insulation, and hardwood floors will be completely removed and discarded along with any porous items. The non-contaminated areas of the building will also be separated from the areas that have been impacted by the contaminated water and the drying process will take place. Once the previously wet areas have been sanitized and completely dried, the damaged structure materials can be replaced.  After every step has taken place, and the moisture meter readings are consistently reading within a safe range, the property would have undergone a successful sewer damage restoration cleanup.

Black Water Damage in Londonderry

Don’t let black water dampen your life! It’s dangerous and can pose a health risk to those you love. You do not want to try and clean it up yourself. Be smart. Call a professional for help. There are many professionals who are trained to handle dangerous situations like sewer damage restoration, fire damage cleanup, and mold removal, but why not choose a company that cares.

Soil Away is a family-owned and operated business that has worked hard to service the New England community for over 30 years. Their amazing customer service and positive attitude has helped turn a disastrous situation for their customers into a rewarding experience. Sewer damage cleanup is a big job, but you can leave it in the hands of qualified experts.

Soil-Away is there to turn your disaster situation around for you by delivering a clean, safe home! From sewer damage restoration to mold, smoke, or fire damage, the Soil-Away crew handles it all! The IICRC and Esporta-certified team is there to clean and restore your property damage as well as your soft contents/textiles. Don’t hesitate! Call the experts in sewer damage restoration at (603) 641-6555.  

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What is the Best Way to Clean-Up Water Damage?

When a flood has affected your home or business, immediately find the source of the water and shut this down.  If there is standing water, prioritize safety to avoid hazards such as slip-and-fall and electric shock.  A wet-shop vacuum or water pump can remove the standing water, and should be done immediately.  You can then ventilate the area, running dehumidifiers to start removing the excessive underlying moisture.

Identify Salvageable Items and Toss the Rest

The source of the water damage will impact the direction of the mitigation process. In a clean water loss, most items can be dried and salvaged. A water loss with contamination, like sewage, items such as carpet and padding underneath should be thrown out.  Removing the carpeting will also help to get the area dried out as quickly as possible.  Drywall and insulation that has been affected by contaminated water should be torn out and disposed of. 

Belongings that have been soaked with clean water may not only require drying out, but will also need to be sanitized.  This is particularly true for soft contents such as clothing, blankets and children’s plush toys.  Soft contents cleaning, available from Soil-Away, can ensure that these items are fully disinfected.

Disinfect the Area and Keep an Eye Out for Mold Growth

After the area has been dried thoroughly, the sanitization process can begin.  This will not only clean the area of any contaminants and bacteria, but it will also help to deter mold growth.  Strong cleaners, particularly those containing anti-microbial elements, can hinder bacteria growth that may be left behind.

Even after a thorough drying and disinfecting, the flooded area may still be at risk for mold growth.  Keep a vigilant eye out for any signs of mold growth, as it can spread rapidly to other areas.  If you do see signs of mold, have a professional address the situation. Trying to remove the mold yourself can cause the spores to travel through the air, affecting other areas of the home.

By quickly and efficiently addressing water damage in your home or business, you can head off any problems down the road as a result.  The restoration team at Soil-Away is experienced in mitigating flood damage.

With teams on call 24/7 contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555 if your home is damaged by a flood.

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Emergency Water Damage Cleanup – Portland, ME

A laundromat in Portland, ME had a washing machine that overflowed, leaving a large puddle of water on the newly installed wood floors.  When one of the workers saw it had overflowed, they quickly turned the appliance off.  But damage had been done.  The floors were now flooded, and the owners of the laundromat realized that they needed an emergency water damage cleanup.

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Extracting Flood Damage – Portland, ME

A seaside restaurant in Portland, ME is flooded after a coastal storm.  Several areas of the restaurant are water filled and damaged from the heavy rains.  The owner of the restaurant realized he needed a disaster relief company for extracting flood damage from his restaurant, though he was concerned about what his insurance company would cover.

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Flood Damage Restoration – York, Maine

Flood Damage Restoration – York, Maine

Winter, spring, summer and fall all have their perks for York, ME residents. However, with each season can come weather challenges. Harsh weather can lead to property damage and the need for flood damage restoration services. Summer is peak tourist season for York. Thousands each year look forward to swimming, camping, cookouts and other activities. During these activities we also have to watch out for the weather. Every so often we enjoy a nice rain to help us cool off. But there are terrible storms related to summer weather. Not every day is a warm, relaxing day, even in York, Maine. In the spring and summer, you must always be prepared for thunderstorms, floods, and even hurricanes.

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Mold Cleanup — Saco, Maine

Mold Cleanup — Saco, Maine

A Saco, Maine resident was devastated when she was told that her bookstore was contaiminated with mold. She could not have customers and workers in a potentially dangerous environment. Mold might get someone sick, not to mention the structural damage to her store. Professional mold cleanup and remediation services were in order.

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Flood Damage Repairs - Kennebunkport, ME

Flood Damage Repairs – Kennebunkport, ME

A business chain in Kennebunkport, ME is preparing for a summer storm.  The business owners expect that flooding may occur and they want to take precautionary measures to prevent damage. New England storms can be dangerous, especially when they cause storm surge.  Storm surge is when the sea level rises due to low pressure, high winds, and strong waves created from hurricane activity.  Previously, a storm surge led to flooding in Kennebunkport, ME, causing many homes and businesses to look for flood damage repairs.  Now a second storm is anticipated, and residents are taking precautionary measures.

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Professional mold removal – Kennebunk, Maine

Professional Mold Removal – Kennebunk, Maine

M-O-L-D: Mold can be a problem. However, believe it or not, mold is everywhere. Much of it is found outdoors. It can be carried indoors through windows, doors, the HVAC systems, on peoples clothing as well as on pets. On its own it’s not really a problem. When it attaches to moist objects and the mold spores begin to grow and spread – then, you have a problem. If excessive mold growth is found inside a property a professional mold removal company is typically the remedy. Mold is a destructive organism which can damage or ruin just about any surface some of which are:

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Fire damage cleanup – Old Orchard Beach, ME

Fire damage cleanup – Old Orchard Beach, ME

Fires are highly unpredictable. No matter how safe you think you are from a fire, you are never completely immune. Old Orchard Beach residents – take heed. Fires can ignite from the smallest spark. They can cause extensive damage to your home or business. Worst case scenario, fires can cause serious personal harm. After a fire, there are many things you must deal with. Hiring a professional fire damage cleanup company should be a priority in your recovery process.

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Mold Cleanup Contractor – Kittery, Maine

Mold Cleanup Contractor – Kittery, Maine

Winter is approaching in Kittery, ME! You’ve been slogging through your fall cleanup list! You head to the basement where you store seasonal items. As the basement door opens a sour, musty smell strikes you. What is the source of the odor? You notice dark, slimy stains on the lower wall. Searching your mind for a cause, you remember an exceptionally rainy day sometime back. Mold grows in moist areas. Heavy rainfall and a foundation leak could definitely be the cause.  It can affect any area –Kittery, Maine residents, be warned! If you come across mold in your home you need to find a mold cleanup contractor – fast.

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Mold Removal Company Hired in Wells, ME

After a storm hit Wells, ME, a warehouse was flooded and had several areas of water damage.  The managers of the warehouse hired a company to come and clean up the damage, but unaware to everyone, the cleanup was not thorough.  A few days later, mold started to develop.  The contents stored within the warehouse was becoming contaminated and some of it had to be thrown away, causing the warehouse to lose revenue.

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