Sewage Cleanup in Basements

Posted by Matt Buchanan

One of the most common types of water damage we encounter is cleaning up a sewage backup in a basement.  There’s a number of reasons for that, which we’ll discuss below. But first, we’d like to quickly explain to people that are finding this article after searching online for help why we are the best choice for their basement sewage cleanup service needs! If you’re a regular reader of our blog, please skip the sales schtick for the meat and potatoes below…


Why RestorationEze is the right choice…


Nationwide sewage cleanup services.

No matter where you are located, we have certified technicians available to help you. We are the nation’s largest network of independent water damage restoration companies. From Florida to Washington and everywhere in between, we can have a technician at your property…all you need to do is give us a call!


Rapid response guarantee.

As any water damage company will tell you, a sewage backup presents an emergency situation simply due to the fact that it can make you very sick. And you don’t even have to touch it..diseases can be spread through the air. So when you call us, we immediately dispatch help and can be onsite within 60 minutes.


Certified, insured and screened technicians.

Did you know anybody can be a sewage backup expert? Literally anyone. There is no licensing requirement nor screening required. Just rent some equipment and you’re in business. Yikes! We screen each of our technicians. They all must be certified by the IICRC, carry proper insurance, and pass background screens!


We always offer free basement sewage backup estimates!


Free sewage extraction estimateDon’t get duped into paying too much for sewage cleanup in basements. The truth is there is standard pricing for any water cleanup services you may need. When you get a free estimate from RestorationEze, you can be certain the cost is standard and will comply with any insurance adjuster’s claim estimate. Here’s a quick video to explain the estimating process through us…



Why are sewage backups in basements dangerous?


If you walked down into your basement and discovered sewage damage everywhere, we would encourage you to watch this video before you do anything else. Some people in your shoes make a costly mistake and begin the cleanup process on their own. Sadly for some, that decision can come back and cause them a lot of problems.



The challenges of basement sewage damage


Whether you have an unfinished basement with concrete walls and floors or a fully finished basement complete with drywall, carpeting, and all of the other wonderful amenities that come with a finished living space, the fact is you still need certified water extraction services. Why? A few reasons…


The health concerns.

sewage-backup-cleaning-costsAs we laid out above in the video about the dangers of raw sewage cleanup, only professionals with the right protective equipment should even be in a property that has a raw sewage spill. Don’t think you can put on some rubber gloves and think you’re safe. It can be a fatal mistake. We are required to wear full body decontamination suits, along with full face respirators and goggles for a reason!


The equipment & supplies required.

If you think you can simply rent the right equipment at your local grocer or buy the right chemicals and disinfecting solutions on Amazon, you’re in for a surprise. We use a host of cleaning equipment and solutions that aren’t available to you. Not to mention we actually know how to use them. You’re simply outmatched when it comes to raw sewage if you think a wet/dry vac and some bleach will get the job done.


The drying process.

Perhaps the most important, and often overlooked, part of the sewage cleanup process is drying out the wet areas. If not done quickly and correctly, you can expect there to be black mold growth at some point in the very near future. It isn’t enough to just run some fans and open some windows. In fact, it’s a recipe for disaster. Structural drying is a very complex process that takes a long time to master. Don’t underestimate it!


About Matt Buchanan

I grew up in Irving, TX and left for Nashville, TN for college. After college I lived in Washington, DC and then in Cairo, Egypt. After coming back to the states, I spent a couple of years back in Dallas before moving with my wife to Denver!
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