Why You Should Not Attempt a DIY Sewage Clean-Up


If you’ are like most homeowners, when faced with a task or question you probably head to the internet for answers. And if are facing a backed-up sewage issue that has come up and is currently residing in your home, it only takes a few seconds of searching to find hundreds of articles describing how to clean-up sewage.


Despite the magazines, television shows, and Internet articles that may have you thinking otherwise, water damage restoration is a job that should only be performed by certified professionals. These technicians not only have the know-how to get the job done right, but they also have the specialised tools needed to thoroughly dry your home, preventing further damage and even mold. Cleaning up raw sewage on your own is something that should not cross your mind to do. Here’s why:


  1. It can be deadly

This is not to scare you off, rather it is simply the truth.  Commonly, raw sewage contains nasty bacteria, viruses and parasites that can lead to serious illness and even death if contracted. Things such as salmonella, giardia, E-coli, round worms, tetanus, and hepatitis-A. You don’t have to be a doctor to know that’s a list of nasty stuff that you don’t want anything to do with.


  1. It can be hidden

Any restoration professional might have stories of how their DIY customers decided to clean-up their own feces only to call in weeks or months later filing complaints about smells and disfigured walls, cabinets, and floors.  Sewage will find its way into any and all porous surfaces.  Even things like drywall and cabinetry aren’t safe. And it’s not as simple as just spotting the sewage with your eyes–it requires state of the art equipment to identify regions that have been damaged by sewage. Thus, unless you have the proper gear like an infrared detection system and know how to use it, please do not clean the sewage on your own


  1. It can be costly

Times are troublesome for everybody and cash is tight. It’s anything but difficult to do sewage clean up without anyone else’s help as opposed to paying to have an expert clean and sanitize for you. In any case, the present’s shortcut is tomorrow’s bad dream. Once more, you are managing a harmful circumstance that if not legitimately handled can result in genuine well being threats for you and your family. Not just that, if not appropriately mitigated, you could be looking at a serious mold issue not long from now on top of all the other issues described above Also, on the off chance that you think sewage cleanup costs you a fortune, hold up until you’re stuck holding the bill for expert  mold remediation services. If you’ve got mold, then it’s the result you get from not taking the appropriate measures when dealing with the sewage issue that created the mold.



Regardless of how convinced you are to clean up your sewage on your own or that you have the proper equipment, do yourself a favor and call a professional that is ensured to perform raw sewage cleanup and can provide a clearance test deeming your inhabitant safe to be in.  It’s definitely worth the peace of mind.


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