There aren’t many things more disturbing than suffering a back-up of sewage into your home or business. These not only cause a lot of damage, they also have the potential to make you and your family very sick.

If possible, your restoration professional should contain the damage so that unaffected areas stay unaffected. If the sewage impacts your whole home, you will need to move out temporarily while the damage is repaired.

Any items that come into contact with the sewage should be considered contaminated and a determination should be made whether they are worth restoring or not. Any porous materials that are saturated or children’s’ toys will more than likely need to be destroyed to ensure safety. Other items may be able to be cleaned, sanitized and stored during reconstruction and then brought back into the environment once it is safe.

One key to your safety is that the restoration process start quickly and identifies all areas that are impacted. It’s important that the perimeter of the damage be identified so that the restoration professional knows how much flooring or even wall materials need to be removed. Remember, water wicks up drywall over time so they will likely need to cut out some drywall along the floor to prevent further damage.

After the home is cleaned it’s pretty common to have an indoor environmental professional assess the environment before reconstruction begins. They will check for things like contamination and mold or other things that could be detrimental to your health.

Sewage back-ups can take quite a while to clean because there are so many steps required. Be patient and know that your restoration crew wants nothing more than to get you back into your home safely.