Cincinnati Water Damage: Article About Sewer Water
If sewer water flows into a home, a homeowner should immediately call for a Cincinnati water damage expert to help resolve the issue. Sewer water may carry a variety of pathogens that could result in severe health issues to anyone who comes into contact with them. Sewer water may also carry blood, foreign objects and human and animal waste that may also be contaminated.
Anyone who lives in the house should immediately vacate before calling a professional for help. No effort should be made to save valuables or other objects that have come into contact with the sewer water. Those who have or may have been exposed to contaminated sewer water should seek medical attention immediately.
The good news is that there are steps that can be taken to ensure that sewer water will not be allowed to enter or damage a home more than once. The home may be remodeled to ensure that special barriers do not allow water to enter the structure. In addition, homeowners can reorganize their living spaces to ensure that any valuable items will not be affected by flooding water on the first floor of the building.
The water damage restoration experts at Griffin Contracting and Restoration of Cincinnati can assist you with any questions regarding sump pump back ups or fire and water cleanup.
If minor water damage related to a sewer backup occurs, it may be possible to disinfect contaminated surfaces, find the source of the leak and then seal it. During an initial assessment, a professional will usually be able to determine the source of a minor to moderate leak and ensure that any gaps or holes are filled.
The use of pumps in the basement and the yard surrounding the foundation may also keep sewer water from infiltrating a basement. If a home is on low ground, water may naturally seep into the basement regardless of how much moisture is present. A pump system will help to get rid of excess moisture that may saturate the ground and force it into the basement.
Homeowners may want to check the permeance factor of the soil and other materials in and around the home. Soils with high porosity will help get rid of excess water, which will result in drier ground. It may also be a good idea to regularly have a septic tank cleaned and inspected as necessary. If a septic tank clogs, it will release sewage into the yard and possibly into a home. Fortunately, any pathogens released into the yard will be killed by the sun's UV rays within one to three weeks depending on the time of year the damage occurs.