Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

When you have sewage backups, you have a very worrisome situation on your hands. These conditions are unsanitary due to the presence of bacteria and viruses. It is never a good idea to try to clean these up yourself. We have the necessary equipment and resources to handle the contamination safely.

Know the Risks

There are several types of backups that can happen.

Clean water contaminated water, or category 1, is water that is coming from a broken clean water supply line or a faucet. It can easily degrade into category 2 if it is not cleaned up fast enough.

Category 2 is called gray water. This type of contaminated water may come from washing machine overflows or from the toilet overflowing with some urine, but without any feces. This can contain bacteria and viruses.

Category 3 is black water. It is perhaps the worst level of contamination present. It is likely to cause severe health effects if you ingest it. It is also necessary to avoid direct contact with it. It may be coming from flooding rivers or streams, or it can also come from water that is beyond the trap in a toilet or water from a toilet bowl that contains feces. It can also occur when there is standing water with microbial growth.

In all of these cases, SERVPRO of Spokane County can provide you with the proper cleaning to ensure there is no material left behind.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (509) 487-4700

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Spokane County will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.