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Basement Flooding: What To Do

Basement Flooding: What To Do

Basement flooding, you never expect it and you can't really prepare for it. Unexpected issues happen all the time in homes, but a basement flood is not only unexpected, it can also be very dangerous.

Turn It Off

The absolute first thing that you need to do when your basement floods is to shut off any power and gas into the basement. The importance of this can not be stated strongly enough. If you do not know where your shutoffs are call an electrician before entering the basement.

Wear Protective Gear

Once you are sure the water is safe from electrical or gas dangers, you should still put on protective gear before entering the water. Wearing gloves and boots or waders is advised. The water you are walking in is likely going to be grey water but could easily be black water, depending on the source. Until you are sure what type of flooding you are dealing with, take all precautions.

Stop The Water, Fast

It is important that you identify the location of where the water is entering your home as soon as you are able. If the water is entering from a broken pipe, shut off the water. Check your drains as well to ensure they are unclogged. Determine the extent of damage to your basement with the knowledge that time is against you in the cleanup process. If the water is greywater and not black water you will have 48 hours to remove the water as well as clean and dry everything. If you are unable to do this, you need to seek out the help of a professional cleaning service for the safety of your home and family.

Clean Or Have It Cleaned

If it something you can clean yourself, read our steps on this other post. If not, look to the next paragraph.

A professional team will arrive on scene and begin removing all standing water from your home. Any and all water damaged items and furniture will be removed and dried off entirely. If the basement is carpeted, it will likely need to be removed as it can prove difficult to dry and any moisture that it could hold can promote mold growth. Additionally any wet drywall will likely need to be replaced. Often with flooding, dirt will infiltrate the basement and any contaminated dirt will need to be removed from your basement and crawlspaces.

In any case of serious flooding we strongly suggest calling in a professional team of experts to restore your home to the its pre-flood condition of safety, comfort, and appearance. Time is not your friend in a flood situation and after the first 48 hours when the water becomes black, a whole host of mold and bacteria begin to settle on the flood site. If not properly cleaned, this can become issues that can hurt your family's health for years to come.

Warning Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line

Warning Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line

Without a doubt, a properly functioning sewer line is one of the most important and underappreciated parts of a home. When they are working right, we don’t give them a second’s thought. The minute something goes wrong, however? Well, at that point you probably won’t be able to think about anything else. Toilets, showers, dishwashers, sinks — take those out of commission and you’ve got a serious problem, one that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. So, how can you know if your sewer line is starting to back up? Here are a couple of warning signs you should look out for:

1) Multiple Clogged Drains

We all get the occasional clogged sink from things like hair, bits of food, toilet paper, whatever. But when you start to get more than one drain that seems clogged at the same time, it means that there is something obstructing your house’s main drain, which is your sewer line, and that clog is stopping everything from getting out. Just like all roads lead to Rome, all drains lead to the same pipe. And if that pipe doesn't drain, you’ve got serious problems.

2) Water Backing Up

The action from one sink or appliance should have minimal effect on others. Sure, turning on the sink might make someone take a colder shower, but other than that they are fairly separate. So, if turning on a sink makes your bathtub start to gurgle, sputter, or (worse) back up, then you’ve got water that has no place to go. This goes for anything in your house that uses water: running or flushing one thing shouldn’t cause it to back up somewhere else in the house. When this starts, you’re only one step away from those multiple clogs we just talked about.

3) Toilet Problems

When we think of sewers, we naturally think of toilets. So, when your toilets start acting strange, there’s a good chance you’ve got problems with your sewer line. Again, one toilet flushing slowly, bubbling, or gurgling is probably just a localized problem. But when drain cleaners and plunging fail to fix the problem, and it starts to happen in more than one toilet, then you’ve got a serious issue that you need to fix as soon as possible.

4) Bubbles

We just mentioned bubbles, and for good reason: bubbles and gurgling coming from your sinks, tubs, or toilets is never a good sign. Bubbles form when water tries to get past a clog, trapping air in the process. Keep an eye out to see if the bubbles are happening everywhere in all of your drains. . If so, then you’ve most likely got a problem.

When you start to notice problems like these, it’s important to get it taken care of as soon as possible. What starts out as slow drainage can quickly turn into overflowing toilets, water damage, and horrible smells that can ruin your house. And don’t think you can do this on your own: backed up sewer lines can be caused for many reasons, and they take expert knowledge to diagnose and fix. 

It it's too late, and you have a horrible mess to deal with, call a professional restoration and cleanup service like us.

Warning Signs Of A Sewer Pipe Damage

Warning Signs Of A Sewer Pipe Damage

 

If you can’t truthfully say that you’re a plumber or a professional of a related field, chances are you won’t know about the warning signs involved with having a pipe about to break or fail. It’s important as a homeowner or building manager for you to be able to recognize the signs of an impending sewage spill. Spotting it early can mean saving thousands of dollars, so it’s important to know the big signs.

Warning Signs Of An Impending Sewage Spill

 

Unexplainable Water Bills

This is actually perhaps the most telltale sign of a pipe breakage or need for repair. Your water bill gives a factual record of how much water you are using. Bill overages indicate a leak or a burst pipe. Most Pennsylvanians average a water bill around $40 a month, and if you find yourself with a bill $5-10 dollars more expensive in a month, you likely have a problem with one of your pipes.

Repulsive Odors

If you smell a foul odor in your home or building, then you likely have water damage internally that has allowed mold or mildew to form. The water buildup comes from a damaged pipe, and the foul odors from the stagnant water. If you are smelling odors like these and can’t find a source for it in your house, you need to get your system checked ASAP.

Poor Water Pressure and Flow

Water pressure in your home or building is another great indicator for pipe damage. If there is less flow, how much water is put out, in your sink, shower, etc., there is a leak somewhere in one of your pipes. Water pressure, rather, is how hard the water is pushed out, and variance here indicates an expanded or burst pipe.

Constant Clogging

Blockages may seem like a normal occurence in your household but they may spell trouble. These blockages can result in more serious damage, particularly if you have old or damaged pipes and the clog proves to be the tougher. If after thorough cleaning, you still experience clogs, you most likely have a broken pipe in your sewage system.

Damp Spots

Lastly, if you see damp spots that you know aren’t from a spill, especially on carpet, there’s likely existing damage that could lead to serious problems if not treated.

To learn more about water damage and repair services, visit us at rcscares.com/damagecleanup/ or call us at (707) 570-0555.

 

5 Dangers of Sewage Problems in Your Home

Big leaks and exploding pipes are sadly common plumbing issues for many homeowners. In the winter, water freezes in the pipes and cause holes and damage to the pipes; this is where the plumber comes into play. While leaks and pipe damage can be an annoyance, there are some plumbing issues that can result in mold, declining health and noxious odors. 

Experiencing sewage troubles in the home can be quite an overwhelming ordeal that many try to avoid at all costs, but sometimes things happen without any warning. There are many experienced plumbers who can assist with sewage problems. Sewage backups spread illnesses and disease and can lead to fatalities. Here are five dangers of having sewage problems in your home. 

1. Spread Bacteria Raw sewage is contaminated with many different types of bacteria. When the sewage backs up inside the house inhabitants are subjected to many more dangerous things than annoying odors. They must contend with germs and bacteria that can be deadly. Sewage backups spread many different bacteria such as E.coli, Hepatitis and salmonella. These diseases carry serious side effects such as diarrhea, eye, nose and throat infections and even liver failure. Signs of bacteria infections include ulcers, stomach pain and vomiting. 

2. Breeds Mold Sewage backups are the prime reason for mold and mildew buildup. Mold and pathogens can be released into the air, causing wheezing and other breathing issues. Eye pain and diseases can also result when mildew, mold and pathogens are released into the air. 

3. Cross Contamination When dealing with raw sewage and sewage backups inside a residence it is best to consider cross contamination. One must properly wash and sanitize hands and all surfaces to avoid cross contamination and stop the spread of bacteria. 

4. Parasite Growth Parasites such as cryptosporidium, giardia, roundworm and tapeworm are present in sewage. When sewage backs up inside the home, parasites grow and fester along with bacteria and mold. These parasites feed on the intestinal track of their hosts causing weight loss, fatigue, severe neurological damage, and also seizures. 

5. Noxious Gas Methane gas is the largest component of sewer gas; made up of ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. When these gases are released into the air they cause dizziness, nausea, headaches and drowsiness. The inhalation of noxious gas can even be lethal if exposed for a prolong amount of time. Methane gas is also highly explosive, creating a serious danger to residents inside the home.