A backed-up, overflowing toilet or sink can be distressing enough for a commercial property owner or small business. When there’s actual sewage involved, a minor inconvenience can turn into a serious and potentially hazardous clean-up situation.
Use this guide from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore® to learn what you should do immediately after a sewer backup occurs, plus tips on how you can prevent them from happening in the future.
What to do if you have a sewer backup
Cleaning a sewage backup in your office isn’t a basic cleaning task. Handling sewage is extremely hazardous, so the clean-up process should only be completed by professionals. If you notice any signs of sewage backup, call a professional company immediately so they can remedy the issue and get your business back to normal.
Experts in the field know how to avoid any health risks while they safely remove all biohazards. A professional cleaning crew can effectively handle the following sewage clean-up tasks:
- Removing all items that have been damaged due to sewage backup.
- Properly discarding items that cannot be salvaged.
- Properly disinfecting saved materials off-site.
- Removing all water and sewage with specialty equipment.
- Dehumidifying affected areas.
- Ventilating dangerous fumes and airborne particles.
- Disinfecting flooring and surfaces within a contaminated area.
Common causes of sewer backup problems
Sewage issues can be hard to remedy, but knowing what causes them in the first place can help you prevent the worst from happening. Some of the most common reasons why commercial buildings experience a sewer backup include the following:
- Soil settlement in and around your building, putting stress on your plumbing and sewer system.
- Cracked pipes or misaligned connections and joints in your plumbing system.
- Infiltration of pipes and plumbing from tree roots.
- Grease build-up and improper flushing habits in the building.
- Irregular cleaning and maintenance, especially in high-volume commercial settings where maintenance is crucial.
How to prevent sewer backups in your building
Contaminated water and sewage issues in your building can be extremely dangerous. Luckily, a few preventative maintenance tasks can keep them from happening in your business. Follow these guidelines to reduce your risk of sewage contamination in your building:
- Have your sewer and plumbing systems inspected at least annually.
- Use a water pressure reducing valve to limit stress on your building’s system.
- Add pop-up sewer release valves if your plumbing system does not already have them.
Dealing with sewage clean-up is a difficult job that should be left to the experts. If it’s not properly cleaned and disinfected, your company could pose a dangerous health hazard to all employees and customers who enter your building. To help keep everyone safe, call the professionals at ServiceMaster Restore. Our commercial sewage backup clean-up services include deep cleaning and eliminating any lingering bacteria and germs from items exposed to contamination, leaving you with a fully sanitized work environment. With our expert processes, training and experience, we can help get you back to business.