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How To Handle a Toilet Overflow

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Overflowing broken toilet Overflowing toilet in a Coventry, MA home

How To Handle a Toilet Overflow

Contaminated water in your home is never a pleasant situation. To begin with, it can be difficult to know how to handle the mess. More than likely you will not have the equipment or the training to safely take care of the situation. Sewer damage of any sort is a potentially dangerous problem and one that should be treated by a local water remediation team in Coventry, MA. A quality franchise can be at your home in under four hours. That means less time for the dirty water to spread and less chance of anyone in your home coming into contact with the spill.

A Flooded Toilet
When a toilet overflows into the bathroom, it could release contaminated water. If the toilet bowl contained urine or feces, it should not be touched by the skin and there is also an inhalation danger. Proper cleanup methods should be employed whenever sewage damage is involved. Contaminated water is always a concern because it could introduce the following threats:

  • Pathogens
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Chemicals
  • Microbes

The spill should be cleaned up with the use of gloves, masks, and other personal protective equipment. Once the water is removed all the affected surfaces should be cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized. If the damage is extensive, restoration of wood flooring, carpeting, drywall, and insulation may be necessary. Professional drying methods may be needed to prevent further damage to the home.

A List of Water Problems
Sewer damage in your home can come from several sources. The toilet can overflow due to a clog or it can leak from under the base. An outflow pipe carrying sewage to a septic tank or to the city sewer line could break and spill raw sewage into the home. Any major problem will require help from a professional sewage company. Fortunately, help is nearby in the form of highly trained experts who have a proven process to combat problems both large and small.

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