Exposure to sewage from broken sewer lines can cause serious health issues. Organisms found in the sewer waste – Pinworms, Salmonella, E. Coli, Hepatitis A. and a few others – not only cause disease, but may be life threatening, as well.
If you are unlucky enough to have a sewer line rupture and leak into your home, you have a few options; you can try to clean the mess yourself, or you can hire a professional to do the dirty work for you. And seeing as bacteria likes to hide in small cracks and recesses, it is often impossible for a novice to properly clean everything as thoroughly as necessary. This just leaves the second option – hiring a professional plumbing service.
However, if you do try to clean sewer waster on your own, please be cautious.
• Use clean and neat gloves and boots and discard them after use.
• Allow enough ventilation by keeping your windows open, and clear moist air using an exhaust fan.
• Wear a mask that can prevent inhaling contaminants and allow walls to be dried from the inside out.
• Any wet material or furnishing that cannot be restored should be discarded.
• Be cautious in using any electrical appliance.
• Keep away from the wet breaker box and wet outlets or when they are located near any water.
But as we mentioned above, hiring a professional plumber is the best way to deal with a broken sewer line. They will be able to asses the damage, aid in cleanup, look for any additional damage or problem areas in your sewer lines, and advise you as to your best course of action.
For more information on the subject, read this article from TheRestorationResource.com.
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