Can I Clean My Carpets After a Sewer Backup?

Actually this type of water damage is also referred to as a toilet backflow, sewage backflow, or a drain backup. No matter what you call it, this type of water damage stinks! Not only does sewage literally and figuratively stink, it also contains many potential pathogens including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Considering the complex fibrous make-up of carpet in general, it is easy to understand how difficult it is to remove all disease-causing organisms present in sewage.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  and the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) recommend disposing of contaminated carpeting. The exception would be a high-level carpet whose value exceeds the cost of restoration, and the following steps should be followed:

  • Seal carpet in appropriate plastic bag
  • Dispose of carpet pad
  • Remove and restore off-site utilizing a two-step submersion cleaning method

If you experience a sewer backup,  toilet backflow, sewage backflow, or a drain backup, contact a reputable water damage restoration company like First Response Disaster Team. We work directly with your insurance company to remediate the damage and return your home or business (and your life!) back to normal as quickly and painlessly as possible, with empathy and integrity!

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Check out some helpful ways to prevent toilet backflow in your home with some tips from Flood Bud.

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