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7 Safety Tips When Dealing With Sewer Backups

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 6:40pm

One of the worst plumbing problems that a homeowner can encounter in the home is sewer backup. Sewer problems are considered to be a plumber’s nightmare, and that applies to the homeowner who has to clean up the stinking, unforgivable mess. A complete sewer shutdown, with raw sewerage seeping up to the surface of the yard is a frightening customer experience, because it involves hazardous wastes that must be treated accordingly.

Not only is a sewer backup a plumber’s most dispatched 24-7 plumbing emergency, but the risk to a family, neighborhood or community, can be devastating. It can appear in your basement, garage, laundry area, as well as, outdoors. Before a trained plumbing professional arrives, follow these tips for safety:

Tip #1 The most important thing to keep in mind is that sewer backup is already a health hazard regardless of size or immediacy of the problem.

Tip #2 Take every precaution to not come in contact with the actual waste product, and as much as possible, don’t let children or pets near it.

Tip #3 If it occurs in the bathroom and the need arises to get something from there, make sure to wear heavy duty rubber boots or gloves, as well as a face mask if possible.

Tip #4 When this problem arises, evacuation should always be the number one priority.

Tip #5 Don’t treat this problem lightly just because it happened in a small part of your house.

Tip #6 If the wastes have already become airborne, leave the house.

Tip #7 When it comes to plumbing repairs for a sewer backup problem, don’t take any chances. A licensed, accredited, professional should be called.

PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: Finding a qualified plumber when your sewer back-up happens can become more challenging than repairing the plumbing problem itself. If the severity of the situation is such that it becomes imperative; find a trusted Albany plumbing company that is licensed and insured for this type of work. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Albany today for all your sewer repair needs.

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