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Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.


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Raw Sewage In Your Home? 4 Steps To Take After A Backup

by Charlie Clarke

There's nothing worse than finding raw sewage in your bathtub. Unfortunately, if you have a septic system that hasn't been serviced properly, that's exactly what you could experience. If raw sewage has backed up into your home, you'll need to act fast. Raw sewage can damage your home, and put you at risk for health problems. You see, raw sewage may contain germs and bacteria that can cause diseases such as E.coli, encephalitis, and gastroenteritis. Before you start the cleanup efforts, here are four steps you should take when raw sewage has backed up into your home.

Open the Windows

After a sewage backup, the first thing you'll need to do is open the windows in your home. The fumes from raw sewage can be quite noxious, and you shouldn't be exposed to them for too long. It's a good idea to open all the windows in your home, so you can create a cross-breeze. If you have an exhaust fan in the bathroom where the backup occurred, turn that on, and shut the door. That will help remove the odor fumes from the bathroom area.

Remove Clean-Out Drain Caps

If you have raw sewage floating in the tub, you'll need to remove that as quickly as possible. The best way to do that is to remove the caps from the clean-out drains. Those drains are located outside your bathrooms and kitchen, near the foundation of your home. Opening the clean-out drains will allow the sewage to flow out of the tub, where it can be cleaned up by the septic company. Removing the clean-out drain caps will also provide access for the drains to be cleaned once the septic tank is emptied.

Put Protective Clothing On

If you're going to start cleaning up the mess, you'll need to put on protective clothing. As stated earlier, exposure to raw sewage can cause serious health risks. Before you start cleaning up the mess, you'll need to put on the following safety gear.

  • Safety goggles
  • Surgical mask
  • Gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt tucked into gloves
  • Long pants

Clean the Drains

Once the backup has been cleaned up, you'll need to contact a plumber and have your drains cleaned. Sewage backups can contaminate the drains in your home, and increase the likelihood of foul odors, and stubborn clogs. Not only that, but backups leave unhealthy bacteria lingering in the drains, which can be harmful for you and your family to be exposed to. Contact your plumber as soon as possible to have your drains cleaned.

For more information, contact a business such as Marcum Plumbing Services, Inc.