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Removing sewage and repairing the damage left behind is something that should always be done by trained professionals with the proper safety gear. While most people assume it’s just a smell issue, the reality is much worse. Raw sewage can cause be to contract very serious illnesses and diseases. It’s why we’re here! At RestorationEze, we provide complete sewage cleanup services when time matters! No matter how big or how small, just call us now for a free, no obligation estimate to cleanup sewage damage in your property!
How do you know if it’s an emergency? Simple, if you have sewer water that is sitting exposed in your property, consider it an emergency. While some people wait to call for help and others try cleaning sewage damage themselves, they usually end up calling us once they realize the gravity of the situation. While some water damage services can be performed by the homeowner, the toxic nature of sewage means it should never be attempted by you – so call us now for immediate help!
Our video below helps you understand better than dangers and challenges we face when mitigating sewage damage and restoring properties. It should also serve as a cautionary tale if you’re one of the homeowners inclined to clean up the mess yourself!
You have choices when it comes to finding a sewage backup cleaning contractor in the area. What makes it challenging is you need to make a decision quickly and a poor decision can put you in harms way and be a costly mistake. So how do you know what restoration company in St Paul to trust? Here’s some things we hope you’ll consider…
One thing that is different about the restoration industry is that we aren’t at liberty to decide what we want to charge for our services. But that doesn’t stop some sewage backup contractors from fleecing their customers and charging exorbitant amounts. At RestorationEze, all of our estimators use Xactimate to quote the costs to cleanup and repair your property after a sewage backup. It means you don’t have to worry about the costs because it is the same price your insurance adjuster will arrive at.
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One thing you might take for granted but probably shouldn’t is the quality of people you’re inviting into your home. Given the nature of sewage backup cleaning services, whoever you hire will need to come in and out of your home. Sadly, some sewage damage contractors don’t even screen their employees nor insure they are drug free. At RestorationEze, we take your safety seriously, and that starts with making sure our companies always background screen & drug test their technicians!
In the restoration industry, we strongly advocate certifications. Unlike some industries where a certification might simply be a way to get a nice logo on your website or on your trucks, with our business, it means you’ve done your part in making sure you understand the nature of flood cleanup services, have a mastery of the equipment used, and that you continue to learn each year as advancements are made. Yet there are plenty of companies unwilling to take the time and energy to become certified so beware!
We find most customers want to file a claim with their insurance company but aren’t sure how to go about it. Call the wrong sewage damage contractor and you’ll be left to your own devices when it comes to the claims process, including having to pay for their services. But at RestorationEze, our companies all have insurance claims specialists to help with your claim and offer insurance-direct billing so you don’t need to come up with the funds to pay upfront.
If you want to make sure you don’t find yourself in this situation again, there are some things you can do to limit your risks.
Pay attention to what you put down your drains. Too many people think they can pour grease and oils down their drains as long as they run hot water while they are pouring it. WRONG! Once the oil hits the cold pipe in the ground, it will congeal, and eventually form a complete blockage. Once that happens, it’s just a matter of time before the sewage backups up into your home. So make sure you handle kitchen grease like your grandmom did and pour it into a mason jar and throw it away once it’s full!
Periodically have your drain snaked/cleaned. Pretty much any time of the year you can find reputable drain cleaning companies offering discounts to have your main line drain snaked for well under $100. This is a great idea because not only can household items get flushed down your toilets and cause blockages, but tree roots can also infiltrate your drain line and cause a backup. Taking this preventative measure once every couple of years can go a long way in keeping your drain healthy!
Install a sewer backflow preventer. This is absolutely a must if you want to make sure water doesn’t come back up your drains and into your home. In fact, with new homes it must exist but in older homes it may not. Just as the name implies, it’s a device that prevents sewer water from flowing back up your pipes. It has a ‘gate’ that activates when water rises up your pipe and blocks the water from entering into your home. It may cost around $1000 to have one installed professionally but that could end up saving you a lot of money down the road!
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