Removing Odor From Your Home After a Sewage Backup
The flood water that enters your West Warwick, MA, home after a storm may be more toxic than you think. This water often contains bacteria from rivers, streams and sewage backup. The contaminated water can cause mold growth and spread offensive odors throughout your home.
Cleaning Up the Mess
To reduce the smell and mold, you need to deodorize and disinfect the affected areas. This job is often best done by professionals. The cleaners that you hire should take several steps to sanitize your property, including the following:
- Removing any wall coverings and wallboard
- Removing or steam cleaning water-damaged drapes and carpets
- Cleaning ductwork
- Flushing out affected plumbing systems
- Applying disinfectant and soap to wet walls and floors
Preventing Sewage Disasters
Of course, the best way to limit nasty odors in your home is to reduce the chances of a sewage loss. While you cannot completely prevent sewage backup during a flood, you can take some steps to minimize the blockages that can cause major overflows and mold growth.
For starters, you should avoid placing paper items such as disposable diapers, wipes, towels and sanitary napkins in your toilets. They do not break down quickly and can thus get stuck in either the city's main plumbing line or your home's sewer system.
Hot grease can clog pipes, as well. When grease cools, it solidifies and blocks waste from moving through. Instead of pouring cooking grease directly down the drain, place it in a heat-resistant container and let it cool before throwing it out.
You should also have a professional trim any overgrown tree roots that are growing into your pipes. For added protection, try installing plastic pipes or a backwater valve.
Getting Professional Help
If you do experience a sewage backup after a flood, you should call water damage repair specialists to remove bacteria and odor from your home. These experts can also address any mold growth within the house.