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Worse than Frozen Pipes: Sewage Backup is Always Unexpected

Sewage Cleanup in Exton, PA by ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration

No doubt about it, we’ve have had a cold winter, and there’s probably more cold weather to come. You’ve likely heard about how dropping temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst. Unfortunately, not only can freezing temperatures damage your pipes, it can cause an even worse problem: sewage backup. And if that happens, you will need the sewage removal services of ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration to remove the waste and then clean and sanitize the site.
Cold Can Cause Sewage Backup
In the winter, the flow of wastewater from sinks, toilets, and other sources slows. With this slowing, waste material in sewer pipes congeals, which can cause blockages and even freezing of the substances in the pipe. When a blockage in the sewer pipes occurs, filthy sewage can back up into your home, ruining floors, carpeting, and appliances.
Steps to Prevent Sewage Backup
To prevent sewage backup, take the following steps:
• Throw away used cooking grease into the trash. Do not pour grease down the drain. Don’t rely on additives that claim to reduce grease. Few things cause sewer blockages as much as cooking grease.
• Before you wash the dishes, scrape any grease into the garbage.
• Never flush anything down the toilet that is not biodegradable. Even if it’s small or says it’s “flushable,” it may not be biodegradable. Wet wipes, tampons, anything rubber, diapers, or rags are examples of non-biodegradable items.
For Sewage Backup, Call Professionals.
At ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration, we are experts in sewage cleanup. We have the specialized expertise and equipment to remove the sewage and contaminated water, plus clean, sanitize and deodorize items such as furniture, carpeting, and floors. If you experience a sewage backup in Exton, West Chester, Norristown or Lansdale, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.