Toilet Backflow and Raw Sewage Cleanup
Understanding the Hazards of Category 3 Raw Sewage Water in Your Home
Toilet backflow is a dangerous household event that requires raw sewage cleanup by a professional water damage restoration company. There are several causes for concern when backflow occurs, the most important being safety and health hazards. Sewage water carries toxic human waste that can cause cholera, typhoid fever, meningitis, and a plethora of other malignant illnesses. The septic material in category 3 black water affects each person differently, but coming in contact with raw sewage is always a serious risk. If you experience toilet backflow, contact us here at San Diego Flood Restoration immediately for raw sewage cleanup services. Even if you are a skilled repairman, the risk of contracting a disease from raw sewage water outweighs the potential reduction in cost.
Another reason to contact a local professional for raw sewage cleanup is the potential for cross-contamination in your water supply. There are many potential causes for toilet backflow, and some of these causes can result in the contamination of your water supply by sewage water. Even if you are able to repair the damage caused by the sewage backflow without contracting an illness, your household’s potable water may now be infected without you knowing it. A professional water damage company can perform raw sewage cleanup projects and diagnose the source of the backflow as well. This will protect the home from any further contamination risk.
The Causes of Toilet Backflow and the Need for Raw Sewage Cleanup
There are two primary reasons you may need to contact your local water damage company here in San Diego for raw sewage cleanup:
1) Back Pressure occurs when there is a higher pressure in the plumbing system than the water supply. The overall pressure is increased in the system.
2) Back Siphonage occurs when there is a vacuum or interruption in the water supply system, which draws water into your plumbing. The overall pressure is decreased in the system.
Back pressure typically occurs in pipes connected to a boiler, an unvented heating system, or another water supply where thermal expansion increases the system’s pressure. Back siphonage is the more common cause of residential toilet backflow, caused by a burst in the mainline piping or the improper maintenance of sewage lines.
A common cause of toilet backflow and the resulting raw sewage cleanup is cracked pipes, piping blockage, or a power failure that prevents the water supply system from operating correctly. Over time, the joints between piping can either fracture or settle out of place. Severe blockage can occur when colloidal material builds up over time until the sewage water can no longer pass through the line.
Toilet backflow can cause many health hazards to your home, and a raw sewage project should be completed by professionals.
The overall sewage system can be a direct cause of toilet backflow, as these deteriorate over time. Some sewers are not installed correctly, which causes this to occur much more rapidly. Sometimes the city fails to properly maintain these sewage systems. Sewers may also be too small to carry the necessary water to certain areas of the city.
Whatever the cause of toilet backflow, a raw sewage cleanup project must begin immediately. Do not come in contact with sewage water, because it can be dangerous to your health. Only water damage professionals with protective equipment and experience should ever perform the dangerous task of sewage water cleanup.