Sewage overflows, sewage backups, or toilet overflows can occur as the result of damaged or blocked plumbing, a backflow from the city sewage system, a damaged septic tank, or even excessive rainfall. Raw sewage contains harmful pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi that can cause serious illnesses such as infections or rashes, or even death.


The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is commonly considered the governing educational source for water damage restoration, including sewage contaminated water (category 3.).

Their widely respected publication, the IICRC S500, mandates the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when remediating sewage contamination including respirators, disposable coveralls, and eye, foot, hand and head protection to protect technicians from possible inhalation or skin contact with microorganisms and their by-products.


If you experience a sewage contamination situation in your home or business, do not enter the affected, contaminated areas. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends contacting a water damage restoration professional who will have the training and equipment necessary to dry, clean, and disinfect the affected area.

First Response Disaster Team can work directly with your insurance company to quickly remediate and restore your home to its original condition. Call us now!