Home Sewage Cleanup | A How-To Guide

Home sewage cleanup might be one the dirtiest and most disgusting home repair jobs. And once a clog reaches a certain point, there’s nothing left to do but call in a professional, which can quickly become very expensive. Not to mention to potential damage to your house and yard. The best way to avoid all that hassle is to take initiative and start the clean-up process yourself BEFORE it becomes a situation that’s out of your hands. Below we have provided a handy little guide to point you in the right direction. But brace yourself, unfortunately,  no amount of tips and tricks will make home sewage cleanup any more attractive.

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Follow these home sewage cleanup tips whenever a line clog or sewer backup occurs in your home.

Start Cleaning Up Immediately

The longer you wait, the worse the situation is going to get. But before you start, you want to make sure that you have the proper equipment and supplies. Rubber boots, gloves, and a mask will protect you from stinking, bacteria-infested sewage. DO NOT start the cleanup process until you have these things on. Once you’ve gotten those and put them on, you can begin doing the following things:

  • Shovel all solids into a thick, heavy plastic bag to dispose of in a trash can.
  • Soak up any liquids with paper towels, rags, or plastic bags.
  • Use a wet-dry vac for small areas and to suck up any puddles. Make sure your drains are unclogged before disposing of the contents.
  • Put a path of plastic sheeting throughout any areas of your house that you intend on walking through while going through the cleanup process. This will help avoid dirtying or soiling other parts of your home.
  • Put all contaminated items outside to air out. It does not matter if these things are damaged or not.
  • Rip up and throw out any and all carpets and rugs.
  • Mop the entire area thoroughly with a solution of bleach and water mixed at a ratio of 1:1.

As for the odor, unfortunately, only time is going to get rid of that. However, you can help expedite the process by opening up all windows and doors in your home and placing fans and dehumidifiers in and around the affected area. You will want to leave the fans and dehumidifiers sit for at least a week.


Bring in the Professionals

Once you’ve done all this, it is time to call in professional help. The types of professionals you can bring in are:

Cleanup Specialists: Cleanup specialists will do the sewage cleanup work for you. This includes pumping out and cleaning up the gunk, deodorizing the area, and restoring all affected carpets and flooring. The financial cost will be dependent on how big the affected area is and how high the sewage is. Be sure to contact your insurance agent to see what’s covered before contacting any sewage cleanup specialists.

Septic Specialists: If your problem is a backed up septic tank, then you will need to bring in a septic specialist. This can be the same company that regularly empties your septic tank, or you can bring in a plumber that does emergency cleanup services.

City Sewer Workers: If your sewer line is connected to the city’s sewer system, then you will need to call the sewer department to first check if your sewer clog isn’t part of a citywide problem. If it is, then the city should handle it. If not, then you will have to call in a specialist.

Drain Cleaners: A plumber or drain clearing specialist will come in and clear your line if your problem lies between the city sewer and your home, such as a clogged line.

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Hopefully these home sewage cleanup tips will at least get you started on the sewage cleanup process. Unfortunately, once a sewage problem has hit your home, you don’t have much choice than to take matters into your own hands and try to mitigate the situation until professional help arrives. You can choose to bring in professional help right away, however, bringing in professional help will take some time since you will have to assess the damage and see what’s covered under your insurance, so we strongly recommend following these steps until you can get some professionals in who can help you.