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Dealing With Toilet Overflow

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a toilet in a bathroom. Avoid toilet floods in your Clearfield, UT home.

When a toilet floods your home in Clearfield, UT, it is unlikely that you are dealing with clean water that can just be sopped up with a towel. To properly mitigate sewer damage, you will need to take certain precautions and enlist the help of certified sewer cleanup experts.

5 Steps for Dealing With Toilet Overflow

  1. Protection

Safety is the first thing you should consider. Because the water from a flooded toilet is a Category 3 contaminant, it is imperative that you keep pets and children away from the area. Do not enter it yourself unless you are wearing protective gear, such as coveralls, goggles, a face mask and rubber boots.

  1. Air Flow

Fresh air can displace the microbes that are in the affected area’s airspace. If possible, open a window increase ventilation. Avoid using your HVAC system to do so, however, as this simply allows the airborne germs resulting from sewer damage to spread to other parts of your home.

  1. Sewage Removal

The team from the sewage company will remove the water from the area. All items such as rugs or linens that the water touched must be removed as well.

  1. Drying

After the standing water is removed, all surfaces must be dried. If the contaminated water has seeped into the floors or wall, they will likely need to be replaced with dry, undamaged materials.

  1. Disinfection

The final step is making sure everything is clean. Mitigation professionals use special detergents and other methods to clean the remaining surfaces in the room as well as any items that can be salvaged. No item can return to your home unless it can be restored properly.

Sewer damage requires swift attention and remediation. Start with the appropriate safety measures and make sure all the appropriate steps of the cleanup process are taken. With a prompt call to certified experts, you can get your bathroom restored relatively quickly.

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