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Septic Backups – Why Only Professionals Should Clean Them Up

Whether you’ve smelled it while driving by a spill or you’ve had sewage from a septic backup in your South Carolina home or business, the stomach-churning odor of raw sewage is hard to forget. Unfortunately, the terrible smell isn’t the worst of it.

A raw sewage backup or overflow from a septic tank does more than damage your property – it can also endanger your health! These situations should be considered emergencies as the water can contain bacteria and viruses that can cause serious illnesses.

Septic Backups – Why Only Professionals Should Clean Them Up

What is raw sewage?

Raw sewage from a septic backup is waste that hasn’t been cleaned and treated and originates from residential, institutional, or business buildings. It isn’t just liquid; it can also contain toilet paper, feminine sanitary products, and other human wastes. It’s also known as black water, which is grossly contaminated.

What are the health risks?

Raw sewage is a combination of nasty stuff. It’s the ideal breeding ground for almost every kind of bacteria, virus, and microorganism. Raw sewage contains an almost endless list of very harmful pathogens and toxic materials that can cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact or exposure to it should be avoided.

What protective actions do professionals take when dealing with raw sewage?

Raw sewage must be kept from coming into contact with skin, especially cuts, sores, and any mucus membrane associated with the eyes, ears, and nose. That means the pros at Kingsley Water Damage Restoration cover up completely in PPE (personal protective equipment) which includes full bodysuits, full-face respirators, gloves, rubber boots, etc. We also keep a ready stock of respirators and sanitizer wipes, as well as access to an eyewash station and a change of clothes.

How do I keep my family safe from a septic backup?

Keep pets, children, and the elderly away from the contaminated area as they’re usually more susceptible to germs and bacteria. Thoroughly wash any salvageable items immediately. Although it’s not always possible to prevent septic backups, you can reduce the chances of one occurring by having your drain lines inspected at least twice a year. Also, be sure to repair slow drains quickly, don’t pour grease down the drain, and have your pipes flushed regularly.

Who should I contact?

If your South Carolina home or business has experienced a septic backup, act immediately! Kingsley Water Damage Restoration has the certifications, expertise, and tools needed to quickly and safely remove these hazards, clean up and repair the resulting damage. Keep our number handy at all times. Water damage restoration is often needed along with sewage cleanup since the dampness can get into floors and walls and may cause serious threats to your building’s foundation. Kingsley Water Damage Restoration can handle it all!