Sewage Cleanup and Restoration
Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.
In addition to dangerously contaminated water, unmanaged sewage backups also can cost thousands of dollars in damages to walls, floors, furniture, and more.
There are several root causes of most sewer backups.
Old sewer lines are more susceptible to damage and are common culprits of sewage backups. Some older sewage pipes are made from clay and cast iron, which deteriorate overtime and can increase the likelihood of damage.
Clogged drains and lines are amongst the most common cause of sewer backups. Unfortunately, many people choose to use their toilets like trash cans, throwing in paper towels, napkins, diapers, and hygiene products which can lead to not only clogged drains, but clogged sewer lines altogether.
Tree roots can also be to blame for sewage backups. Ever-growing roots can, overtime, surround and engulf pipes, crushing them or causing similar damage.
Whatever the cause may be, it's imperative to address sewage backups as soon as possible to prevent further damage and headaches. SERVPRO of Denver West has the tools, experience, and knowledgeable team to tackle any sewage backup, no matter how severe.
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There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Denver West will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.
The three types of contaminated water:
Category 1: "Clean Water"
This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.
- Water from a clean source like a broken water line
- If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3
Category 2: "Gray Water"
This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
- May contain bacteria and viruses
- Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated
Category 3: "Black Water"
This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
- May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
- Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
24 Emergency Service
Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.