The aftermath of an overflowed toilet is one of the biggest headaches of a homeowner. It smells. It creates a soggy mess. And it is extremely unsanitary. If this ever happens in your home, it is critical to act immediately to prevent permanent damage to your dwelling.
A sewage backup occurs when there is a break or clog in a home’s sewer or septic system. Before any cleanup begins, it makes sense to fix whatever is causing the backup in the first place so that you don’t have to restart the process a short time later.
First, sop up all the sewer water from the bowl with a string mop, towel or other absorbent material. When you’re done, just throw the material away because it is contaminated.
Once you’ve emptied the bowl, turn off the water supply to the toilet. Any more water entering the bowl can exacerbate the problem. The water valve is typically right below the tank attached to the wall. Then call a plumber immediately. They are busy, so you never know how long it will take to get an appointment.
If the damage has spread to more than one room, or if waste water has soaked into carpet, wood, drywall, or cabinets, you need to call a W.B.Sanders a professional cleanup company. They have the equipment and know-how to do the job right, save your home, and keep your family safe.
However, if the spread and damage in minimal, you might be able to clean up the mess yourself. First, remove the standing water on the floors with a mop and bucket. If your toilet is functioning properly at this point, you can dump the water in there.
Next, using a strong solution of bleach, sanitize any surface that came into contact with the sewer water. One and a half cups of bleach per gallon of water should do the trick. Make sure that you ventilate the area, the scent and fumes from the bleach will be strong.
Cleaning up after a sewer backup is very important for the safety of your family and well-being of your home. Do not hesitate to call in professionals if the job feels too big.