Sewer Backup Flood Damage Restoration Grosse Pointe MI
The homes in Grosse Pointe are recognized for their landscape beauty with manicured shrubs and trees. These wonders of nature are not only scenic but can be responsible for sewer backups and drain blockages that result in flooded basements. The roots of trees and shrubs need water and over time the drain systems underground develop cracks and small holes that attract the thirsty roots. After several decades these roots establish themselves in the sewer drain system of the home and can create clogs that block the natural channeling of waste from toilets and drains. When this occurs the sewers backup and basement drains become filled with waste water that is abundantly damaging to the home or business.
Toilet overflows are another source of sewer water damage when they become clogged and overflow with waste and fecal matter. Such incidents require strict cleanup to kill germs and assure a safe and sanitary environmemt.
When sewage backs-up in your home, it is vitally important to be aware that this waste water from drains is supplied with bacteria, fecal material, 81 viruses, and other hazardous microorganisms that are known to cause illness and respiratory infection. The health risks associated with sewage contamination are based upon the degree of exposure and the relative health of them that are occupying the environment effected. The elderly and young children are especially at risk and should be removed from the home or business till cleanup and germ killing process begins. Gastrointestinal illness (GI) is likely if there is direct or indirect, accidental ingestion. If skin comes into contact with waste water, infections and rashes are possible. Odors from sewage backups, are indicative.
While professional cleanup is always the best choice when flood damage is over 100 sq. ft. and materials like carpet, flooring and dry wall are effected, in home cleanup can begin if you take precautions. Before beginning any cleanup, put on some protective disposable gloves, eye protection, clothes that will be thrown in the wash when you are done, rubber boots and cleaning chemicals with disinfectant. A protective mask such as an N95 mask (available at most hardware stores) is also a good idea so you do not breath any airborne microorganisms. Make sure the area is well ventilated during the cleanup process with plenty of fresh air.
Ground Water Flood Damage Restoration Grosse Pointe MI
After storms with heavy rain it is not uncommon for storm drains to backup from blockages which will cause basement flooding. The homes in Grosse Pointe are not just subjected to waste water flooding from faulty or blocked sewer systems but also storm drain systems that become clogged. Another way storm water can inundate a basement is seeping in through cracks in the wall, windows, inadequate drainage systems, bad grading around the home and failed sump pumps.
Here are some tips for flood damage restoration Grosse Pointe MI
Check your downspouts to make sure they are connected to the final section that channels the water away from your home. Often these become disjointed and water builds up along the side of the home and seeps into the basement. Check your gutters to see if they need to be cleaned out or the water will overflow gutters and this can allow water to seep into basement.
Inspect your drainage system. Take a look at your basement drains and make sure there is no standing water in them and also make sure nothing is covering them up. Drains are typically by the furnace and hot water heater.
Check grading around your home to make sure after it rains that there is no water pooling by the walls of your home. If standing water is present than build the grade with dirt so the higher level of material will naturally channel the water away from the house.
Never pour grease down the sink drain. Even when you use hot water it will cool off only several ft. from the drain and as it cools the grease can become a solid blockage and create a backup. Even with a garbage disposal be careful to not allow an inordinate amount of food clippings to accumulate.
Don’t toss certain items in the toilet. Paper towels, diapers, feminine products and small children’s toys are often responsible for causing drain blockages that result in flood damage in the home.
Contact your insurance company and ask if you have coverage for backup of sewer or drain. Most insurance providers do not cover basement flooding that is from a drain unless you have purchased such a policy. These policies are affordable often under $60.00 a year of coverage ranging from 5,000.00 – 10,000.00.
Beware of electrical dangers if your basement gets over 2″-4″ of water. Water does not need to be several foot high to pose an electrical threat. If there is a plugged in electrical cord or appliance such as a refrigerator that has made contact to the water and there is live electricity, electrocution is possible.
If you have a large mature tree and your home is over 40 years old it is likely you have an old clay draining system that will likely have roots growing in the drainage pipes. Having a plumber annually snake out and clean the drain will be a welcome expense if it keeps you from having a sewer water backup in your Grosse Pointe home.
Flood Damage Restoration Grosse Pointe MI
We provide water damage service to many local Grosse Pointe cities such as Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods, Royal oak, Berkley, Birmingham and Huntington Woods.