One of the worst things that can happen in your home is water or sewer damage. It’s not only a complete mess, but if not treated immediately, is dangerous, expensive, and destructive.
Due to unforeseen circumstances like burst pipes, undetected leaks or flooding, water damage causes a lot of damage unless the water is removed quickly.
Potential Problems from Water Damage
It’s important that all of the water be removed quickly and completely. If not, damage escalates. Some of the damage and loss comes in the form of saturated drywall, swelling or rotted wood, rusted metal and the onset of mold and bacteria.
A professional water damage restoration company has the equipment to remove a lot of water very quickly. After that, industrial strength drying equipment is brought in to thoroughly dry all affected areas while moisture levels are monitored. They will clean and sanitize your home to prevent mold, bacteria growth and odors.
A professional service will also remove unsalvageable items and throughout the process, works directly with your insurance company.
There aren’t too many things worse than a sewer backup.
Sewer backups can be caused by long tree roots, old or damaged sewer lines and clogged drains. Older homes with older sewer lines are at greater risk to experience sewer backups.
There are usually warning signs that a sewer backup is coming.
- Slow drains, always start in fixtures at the lowest level (first floor, basement)
- Clogs in multiple drains; wastewater is not able to pass
- Leaking or sewage coming from the cleanout pipe (located outside, in the basement)
- Bubbling sinks, toilets
- A foul, sewer smell coming from drains
- Sewage coming up through floor drains or showers
- High water levels in floor drain
Potential Problems from Sewer Damage
Because of the dangers associated with sewer water backups, you should always call in a professional to manage the cleanup.
To say sewer water is contaminated is an understatement. It may contain any type of human or industrial waste.
Sewer water is dangerous because it has high levels of bacteria which exposes homeowners to diseases of the worst kind. Even breathing in sewer water vapors can make you very sick.
Sewer water puts you at risk for E. coli and Hepatitis A. Airborne contaminants and pathogens can trigger asthma attacks and respiratory distress.
A certified restoration company will clean up the wastewater, in addition to your furniture, carpet and other items affected by the damage. They have the products to safely restore your home by disinfecting and deodorizing to kill and stop the spread of fungus and bacteria throughout.
The experts at RCS are only a phone call away, 24 hours a day. RCS has been proudly serving Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, and the North Bay area since 1975. We have the knowledge, equipment, and experience to manage the entire restoration of your home after water or sewer damage.