Sewer backups are often seen to be the consequence of extensive damage, brought about by various reasons which include floods. Sewer backups not only cause the place inhabitable due to its strong, offensive odor but can also be a haven for various diseases and illnesses.
Homeowners’ insurance policies and business insurance do not cover sewer backup unless there is a rider along with it or one may have to buy it separately. You can get sewer backup from most insurance companies at a cost of an additional $40 dollars on your annual insurance policy. To claim insurance, you may want to show before and after photos of the affected area and then make an itemized list of the property losses. Keep all the receipts of cleaning, damages, and repair and show them to your insurance agent, as soon as possible.
Sewer backups can be caused by shrubs and trees that can make their way into the sewer line cracks, problems with the sanitary mains, water leakage in the basement etc. One of the best ways to prevent sewer backups is by installing a quality backwater prevention valve. It is a fixture that is installed into a sewer line or into a drain line, in the basement to stop sewer backflows.
In case, your house falls victim to sewer backup, the first thing to do is prompt cleanup of the place, so that there is no mold growth, electric failures, hygiene issues, health problems etc. Some of the thing that you can do are wet-vacuuming, discarding water absorbent and tough-to-clean materials, steam cleaning, removing wet carpets and curtains, disinfecting plumbing iftures, repairing damaged wallboard or wall covering and ductwork cleanup.
You can clean the clogged water mater with one gallon of water and 14 cup of chlorine bleach. Use a mop or squeeze to clean the waste. You can leave the bleach solution on for a couple of minutes and then clean the area with another water-soaked sponge. In case, you are cleaning the walls, you can put the bleach and then wash it from the surface a couple of time for two or three times depending on the damage. You can take a bucket of warm water and put some soap in it. Then take new sponges and clean the areas that were washed with chlorine bleach. Rinse again with clean water and soap.