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Sewage Backup: Now What?

Sewage backup may not be the top household fear of today’s homeowner, but it certainly ranks number one when it comes to disasters that you simply do not want to ever see or smell – and we mean ever. If you are reading this, you might be currently going through this exact problem. If you are, you are not alone. However, you ARE eagerly awaiting a solution. While securing a licensed professional is the end game, you need to know what to do in the moments following a sewage backup. This will help you to prevent as much damage and cleanup as possible.

Don’t use your water system

It seems a little extreme. While you probably know that you should not flush your toilet after a sewage backup, you might not know that using your water system in general can make matters worse. This includes avoiding the drainage of tubs and sinks.

Steer clear of harsh chemicals

While solutions that you can buy at the store can seem like a quick fix, they are just that – a quick fix. Chemicals like these can lead to pipe damage and a worsening of the issue. Instead, opt for enzymes in place of chemicals. They eat away at backups naturally, without sacrificing the integrity of your piping system.

Open the windows

This seems obvious where any unpleasant smells are concerned, but it’s also a safety precaution. Opening the windows in your home allows harmful chemicals to escape.

Shut off your power

If you are not at risk for electric shock be sure to shut off your power. If you are unsure whether the path is clear, wait for a professional. Anytime standing water is involved, you want to be as safe as possible, especially if you have children or pets in the home.

Sump pumps can remove excess water

The more water that you can move away from your home, the better. Most people do not have a sump pump just lying around the house. However, it can be good to invest in one for moments when you need it. Otherwise, you may end up wishing you’d bought one when you saw it on sale at the hardware store.

Chlorine bleach can be added to disinfect standing water

While you cannot really immediately disinfect a large area where water and sewage continue to rise, what you can do is disinfect water that you can see. Pouring bleach on top of any standing water will lower your risk of picking up nasty bacteria that can be lurking in a sewage backup.


Our experts at MHS Flood understand how stressful a sewage backup can be when it happens inside your home. When you are met with an unexpected disaster when you need it the least, give us a call and let us come to your rescue.

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