What is Sewage?
Sewage is water that has been contaminated by waste products, most often human, and by nature is extremely dangerous to your health. Exposure to raw sewage can cause the contraction of viruses, bacteria, and parasites. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) reported last year that more than 7 million people suffered illnesses caused by exposure to raw sewage. Of those 7 million people, 7% experienced severe to fatal illnesses. The fatality rates among children and the elderly was increased.
How to Prevent Sewage Backup
Sewage backups are often caused by flooding due to excess rainfall. As water levels rise, storm drains fill to maximum capacity and begin to overflow. The first potential entry point to your home or business for sewage water is the area of lowest elevation, most often the basement. If there are floor drains, close them with the common plugs available at the local hardware store. These can be used to block the toxic water from flowing into the building. Any other plumbing related openings in the floor should be closed off as well using the same method. If water levels of the sewer system continue to rise, toilets, showers, and baths are the next available targets. These can be plugged as well, but it’s important to do so only if the plumbing in the building is strong. Otherwise, the pressure and weight of the sewage buildup could break the piping in the building, causing the area to flood. The last potential prevention method is to ensure proper maintenance of backwater prevention valves (if available). These tend to function reasonably well, effectively preventing sewage backups from entering the building.
Sewage Damage Mitigation
Sewage damage mitigation is the process of minimizing the destruction of property by toxic waste water. Aside from following the above steps and water damage mitigation procedures, the best option is to call a professional sewage cleaning contractor as soon as possible. Leaks and pipe bursts can unleash a steady stream of contaminated water and raw sewage into a building at an alarming rate. The sooner you call the sewage mitigation company, the less damage you’ll experience. If you require sewage cleanup in Boston, MA or the surrounding area, call Newton Fire & Flood right away for a fast response.
Contact Newton Fire & Flood now at (617) 564-0777 for Boston sewage removal, cleanup, mitigation, and restoration. Our service area includes Boston, Newton, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Waltham, Framingham, and many of the surrounding areas of Massachusetts.
Sewage backups are a frequent occurrence and should be left to the professionals due its toxic nature. Raw sewage is dangerous to your health and needs to be handled immediately. Call the sewage removal service right away to minimize damage to the building. These types of service calls require special equipment, advanced training, and hazmat suits to ensure proper disposal of waste without exposure to harmful contaminants and disease.
The vast majority of cleanups are covered 100% by insurance, which is great for the customer. In addition, Newton Fire & Flood contacts the insurance company for you to ensure a properly handled, expedient claim. Our 24/7 emergency response team is available for immediate sewage removal. We are not happy until you are and we guarantee your satisfaction. Call now for quick response sewage extraction.