Nobody wants to experience a plumbing emergency, but throughout your time as a homeowner, you're going to encounter all types of things you may not be prepared for. One of those things you should prepare for is a sewer backup in your home. This can happen for a number of reasons including a clog in your sewer line, or from high water from flooding outside of your home, such as from stormwater. If you do have a sewage backup in your home, you'll need to know how to handle the situation. Read on for some helpful tips.
1. Stay Safe
First and foremost, your safety is most important. Your home may get damaged, and you may have some of your belongings damaged, but yours and your family's health is the most important. Sewer water can be dangerous for your health, so it's important to stay safe. If you have raw sewage coming into your home, protect yourself as much as possible. If you need to get into it or through it, wear waterproof boots and cover your skin as much as possible. The smell can also be dangerous, so if you can, cover your mouth and nose so you aren't inhaling the odors. If you are attempting to get rid of the sewage water coming into your home, wear gloves to protect your skin as well. Keep young children and pets out of the sewage water as much as you possibly can to protect them against illness caused by the bacteria-filled water.
2. Call For Help
Call a professional plumber for help taking care of the issues you are experiencing. If the water is coming into your home because of stormwater, the water outside may need to subside before you can do anything, but if it's because of a clog in your drain or sewer line, call a professional plumber for help. Call an emergency plumber to get someone to your home right away for help to make the necessary repairs.
3. Get Out
If there is a lot of sewage coming into your home, it may be best to get you and your family out of the house to protect everyone from illness caused by the bacteria and from the odors. If you only have a small amount and it's in a crawl space or basement, you may be safe and can call a professional company to clean up the sewage, but if you have a major flood caused by sewer water, call a professional and get your family out of the house to be safe.
If you have a sewer backup in your home caused by a clog, call a professional plumber right away for help to prevent a major disaster situation in your home that could cost you a lot of money to repair.