Sewage Damage Causes in a Home or Business
Sewage damage is one of the most costly and most dangerous catastrophes that could happen to a home or business. Sewage damage to a property can cause irreparable damage to the property’s structure, carpeting, padding, furniture, appliances, and personal items. Raw sewage can also contain a plethora of dangerous pathogens, viruses, and bacteria that can spawn major illness in those who are exposed to the wastewater.
One of the most frequently asked questions about sewage damage is, “How does it happen?” Sewage damage can happen for many reasons. Whether the damage is minor or severe, it is important for property owners to understand that sewage damage restoration must be handled by highly-trained, certified professionals in order to ensure the safety of the property and the people who have been exposed to the raw sewage.
Toilet or Bathtub Seepage
Wax gaskets around the base of a toilet as well as connecting hoses and pipes leading from toilets and bathtubs should be inspected regularly. Any of these vital pieces can deteriorate or break at any time. It is recommended by water damage experts to inspect these items on a semi-annual basis at least. The time invested in checking these important parts of a septic system can save property owners thousands of dollars in the long run.
Bursting, Deteriorating or Broken Pipes
While most water damages involve bursting or broken pipes, some water damage events happen over time without property owners finding out until it is too late. Deteriorating or leaky pipes can not only cause water damage and mold growth if they are not addressed immediately, but sewage damage can occur as well.
During any water damage event it is imperative for home and business owners to turn the water supply off until a water damage service professional arrives on the scene.
*Tip. Property owners can monitor invisible leaky pipes by checking their water bill. Should there ever be an unusual spike in water usage, it is possible that a broken or leaky pipe is causing damage behind the scenes. This scenario will more than likely require professional mold removal service. Consult with your water or sewage damage provider to make sure they are certified to handle mold remediation.
Pipe or Main Blockages
One of the most common reasons for sewage damage occurs when objects or materials obstruct pipes or water mains. Pipe or main blockages can happen at any point in the septic system. This includes pipes and mains in residential and commercial properties, at intersecting junctions underground, and at the municipal waste water plant.
Common obstructions include items too large to be flushed or put into a drain, foliage or other debris after large storms, and tree roots. These objects will either clog or break pipes and mains, forcing sewage overflow into residences and commercial properties.
Flood Waters and Severe Storms
Sewage backup is at its most severe when local lakes, streams, creeks, or rivers flood from excessive rain or raging super storms. These catastrophes can cause citywide sewage stoppages. When this happens, property owners should contact the municipality immediately as government officials may already have a protocol in line to handle the disaster.
The integrity of the property and the health and safety of families, colleagues, and customers should always be the top priority. Sewage exposure can be detrimental to a person’s health and potentially fatal. Contact a sewage damage service provider immediately to avoid long-term negative effects.