Sewage Overflows At Home
Sewage overflows can occur at home as a result of damaged or blocked plumbing, backflow from the sewerage system, a damaged septic tank or as a result of flood water containing sewage.
- Sewage contains harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Direct contact with sewage or surfaces contaminated by sewage can result in illnesses such as gastroenteritis.
- Wear protective clothing (such as rubber gloves, boots and eye protection) when cleaning.
- Do not use your water supply until you know it is safe.
- A registered plumber may be able to advise if your sewage system is working correctly.
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- Practice good hygiene and wash your hands frequently, especially after touching contaminated surfaces and before preparing food.
- Clean and disinfect all contaminated areas.
- Keep children and pets away from contaminated objects and areas until they have been disinfected.
- Contact a plumber if you suspect your plumbing or septic tank system is damaged.
- Clean out silt and debris from septic tanks. This should be pumped out by a professional as soon as possible once it is safe for the vehicle to access your tank. Refer to your local business directory to arrange a septic tank pumping service by a licensed contractor.
- Contacting your local water business (SERVPRO of Dale City/Lake Ridge) or local council if sewage is leaking outside your property boundary. Your local water business can access the problem. Depending on the leak’s location, this could either be the water business’ or the householder’s responsibility.
- If your private water has been contaminated, use bottled or boiled water for non-drinking uses instead, such as washing dishes and brushing your teeth.
- Seek medical advice if you become ill or injured.