How To Prevent Sewage Backup: Flood Restoration Pro Tip

28 Jan

How To Prevent Sewage Backup: Flood Restoration Pro Tip

Sewage backups and flooded basements can be prevented! Flood Restoration Pro Tip

Category 3 (CAT 3) water or black water is what we in the industry refer to as sewage water. MAXWELL follows strict guidelines in many aspects of restoration projects. Our guidelines are set by the IICRC and this is their definition of CAT 3 water. “This is the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.”

On almost a daily basis, Maxwell is called to clean up a sewage backup. Most basements we come across are finished living spaces; destroyed. This means that almost EVERYTHING (excluding some hardwoods, metals, and plastics) must be thrown away. What hasn’t been thrown in the trash must be cleaned properly.

After the meticulously cleaning, cutting, sanitizing and removal of contaminated surfaces, the dry out begins. Several air movers, commercial grade dehumidifiers, and negative air fans with HEPA filters are set-up to mitigate any further damage.

The drying period can take from three to five days, after which your basement will need to be refinished. Maxwell conveniently offers reconstruct services, allowing us to deliver you a finished product, without having to vet another contractor or company.

You might be thinking, how could this disaster have happened? In our experience, wet wipes being flushed down the toilet is the #1 culprit for sewage back ups. We do not recommend flushing any type of ‘wipe’, regardless if it says flushable. Other common reasons for backups are tree roots and broken/collapsed sewer lines.

Cost To Finish A Basement after a Basement Flood

The average cost to finish a basement is 25k. This being said, most homeowners do not have backup coverage. The homeowners that do have coverage may have a cap of 5-10k, maximum payout. We recommend that every homeowner reviews their homeowner insurance policy before spending your hard earned money on finishing your basement!