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Sewer Backups Are Emergencies

5/15/2015 (Permalink)

What You Need To Know

If your sewer backs up you need to act fast. Sewer backup problems are health hazards and emergencies. Sewer water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illnesses. Know what type of sewer water backup you have: 
1) Clean Water
This is sewer backup from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. But if you don’t treat it quickly this type of sewer water backup can become a more serious problem. It can become gray water (category 2) or black water (category 3).
2) Gray Water
Experts use the term gray water to describe a sewer line backup that’s contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. You have gray water (category 2) if the water’s from a washing machine overflow; a toilet overflow with some urine (no feces); or a dishwasher overflow. This type of sewer water backup can quickly degrade into black water (category 3) if not treated.
3) Black Water
 Pros use this term to describe grossly contaminated water. Sewer drain backups like this could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Avoid all contact with black water. You have black water when you have  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.

Call us whenever you have sewer backup problems. At SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield we’re trained in the safest, most advanced, and quickest ways to eliminate all sewer backups.  From Hartford to Middletown; Avon to Ellington, we’ll keep you safe and healthy!

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