Sewer backup is something that no one wants to deal with, but it happens all too often. If you find yourself facing any kind of flooding or backup in your home, your first step (after stopping the inflow of water) is to assess the damage and determine whether you need to call for help. Part of that comes in knowing what kind of water backup you’re dealing with.
In the plumbing and sewage world, there are three types of water:
The first one is self-explanatory, so in this guide, we’ll take a look at the other two and help you decide when to call for help.
Gray water is water that has been used by appliances in the home, but may not be contaminated. This includes the shower, bathtub, sinks, and washing machine. This water is technically dirty and used, but it’s not likely to be filled with bacteria or viruses like sewage backup would.
You still want to limit contact with gray water, and with any standing water in your home, because you never know what’s there. However, the risk here isn’t as prevalent and the need for professional intervention may not be imminent.
Black water refers to sewage and water from those sources. Black water usually comes from toilets and sewer systems and can back up into homes because of a sewer issue or even heavy rains. Black water is heavily contaminated and may contain any manner of pathogens and viruses that can cause serious illnesses and even death.
Black water sewer backup needs to be addressed immediately. You should:
If you are dealing with any kind of water or sewer backup, a prompt resolution will prevent further damage and potential dangers to your family. No matter what kind of issues you’re facing, contact Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing, they can help you resolve the backup issues and get your plumbing back in working order so that your home is safe and habitable once again.
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