Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

Three of the primary culprits of sewer backups are fats, oils, and grease (FOG). Sewer backups happen in both public sewers and private plumbing.

Everyone can help fight FOG and protect the sewer system by remembering two simple steps. First, pour liquid grease and oils into containers and throw them away. Second, reduce the amount of FOG that goes down the drain by wiping or scraping dishes into the trash.

Another potential cause of sewer backups is items, such as wipes, hygiene products, floss, paper towels, and other products that do not break down easily. In addition, items that are labeled as flushable may clog the sewer or your plumbing and cause them to backup.

Toilet tissue is safe to flush, because it breaks down within seconds. Anything that does not break down easily should be treated as garbage and put safely into the trashcan and not in the toilet. Equally important, this information also applies to septic systems.

Backups and overflows are expensive, messy, and can have a negative effect on the environment.

Fight the FOG and flush wisely to keep the sewer system flowing in the right direction!   

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (678) 515-8602

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Panthersville will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.