Although municipal departments make every effort to prevent such incidents, they still may occur. If the backup occurs in a city-maintained line, the wastewater will normally overflow out of the lowest possible opening. In some homes—especially those with basements, or where the lowest level is even with the sewer lines—the overflowing wastewater may exit through the home’s lower drains and toilets.
The dangers of sewage backup are better understood once you learn what it is. You may also sometimes hear it referred to as raw sewage, sewage sludge, or septic tank waste. Raw sewage is mainly black or gray water and often consists of organic waste and wastewater produced by household and industrial sources. Sewage usually contains everything from soap to solid waste, human excrement, industrial effluent, and debris, and is discharged by drains and sewer lines. Excrement is the major source of dangerous micro-organisms like coliform, fecal coliform, Escherichia coliform, and Enterococcus.
At Indoor Environmental Management your health and safety are our primary concern. If you have suffered from a sewer backup we recommend you immediately contact us to evaluate the situation before you take any clean-up action. We will evaluate the extent of the damage and develop a plan for the safe cleaning/removal of all contaminated materials.
Indoor Environmental Management is Florida's leading sewer backup inspector providing inspections in Marianna, Crawfordville, Tallahassee, Perry, Quincy, Chipley, Port Saint Joe, Eastpoint, Chattahoochee, Midway, Madison, Carrabelle, Blountstown, Monticello, Apalachicola and the surrounding area.
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