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Contact SERVPRO When Flood Damage in Slidell Causes a Sewer Back-up

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

When flood damage invades your home contact SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Experienced Flood Damage Restoration for your Home

Many dangers can present themselves in your home during a flood. From the risk of electric shock from wet outlets to rushing rainwater, flooding can be a frightening experience. However, one danger that may not be as obvious is sewer backup.

During a flood, your home’s sewer pipes may become plugged with debris and dump dirty water into your home. Removing this water damage from your Slidell home must be handled by an experienced home restoration company, as there are several risks it may pose to those who are not aware of the danger.

1. Sewage Water Is Toxic

When flooding causes a sewer to back up, the resulting standing water can be filled with human pathogens, medical waste, and harmful bacteria. Only a certified and experienced home restoration company should handle and remove this water.

2. It May Contain Caustic Chemicals

When a sewer backup occurs because of severe flood damage, the water may contain cleansers, sewage treatment chemicals, and other caustic products. It is wise to avoid walking in or handling black water, whether it is in your basement or bathroom.

3. Sewer Gases Can Build

During a flood, torrential rainwater can cause septic tanks to overflow or even rupture. This can release dangerous gases into your home that can cause illness or increase the risk of fire or explosion. Because sewer gas has such a strong odor, you can probably detect it easily. If you do, it is wise to leave your home immediately and alert the authorities.

When sewer backup occurs in your Slidell, LA home, it can present several dangers. Only a certified home restoration company should handle removal and cleanup once flood waters have receded. Visit SERVPRO of Slidell for more information on storm damage or call us at (985) 649-1516.

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