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Helping Greenville, NC Residents Overcome Sewage Backups

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

No Greenville, NC resident wants to find sewer backup in their home, especially if its where you normally go to clean up and unwind after a long work day—your shower or bath tub. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have never had to deal with such a scene, you may not even realize it could happen. The problem typically lies within your home’s plumbing, often leaving home owners scratching their heads with what to do. To help you through, here’s some helpful hints:

  1. Evaluate

Your toilet is often the first indication of a problem. It may begin flushing down a bit slower than usual, then with following flushes it could even start bringing waste back into the bowl. If you do have a backup, be sure to turn the water valve next to your toilet off so it doesn’t accidentally get flushed again. Also, be sure to look at the contents of the backup for rocks, dirt or plant mater as these can indicate a broken sewer line.  

  1. Enlist a professional

If the problem remains after attempting to plunge away the mess of a backup, it is likely that you need the advice and assistance of a professional plumber or water mitigation technician. If water is flooding out into your home, time is of the essence; every minute that passes allows for moisture and contaminants to be absorbed into cabinets, carpet, flooring etc.  

  1. Clean the affected areas

After the blockage has been cleared and your water is flowing unobstructed again, a specialist such as those available at SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene can begin removing any residue and debris that may still be present, as well as assess if any further steps are needed to bring your home back to preloss conditions.

  1. Sanitize

After the mess has been cleaned up, you’ll want to have any affected areas sanitized to kill any harmful bacteria and viruses. Our crews can take care of this for you, or direct you to the best available consumer cleaners if you would prefer to take care of it yourself.

Sewage is routed away from our homes for a reason and finding a backup can be devastating, damaging and far less than pleasant. Let a professional take care of you and your home so you can rest easy knowing the mess is gone.

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