Sewage Damage Restoration


If you’re a homeowner, there’s a good chance that you’ll eventually need to deal with sewage cleanup. Maybe you already have. Let’s go over the following:

  • What to do when confronted with a sewage disaster in your home
  • Sewage Cleanup: What to Expect 
  • How do I clean sewage?
  • How long does sewage contamination last?
  • How do you clean raw sewage in a crawl space?


Have you ever experienced the panic and frustration of an overflowing toilet? It’s a problem that many people have faced. There is no need to be embarrassed because we’ve all experienced it to some degree.  Maybe too much toilet paper was used or something got stuck inside.  If you have young kids you may find that they were so kind as to flush toys down the toilet causing it to clog and back up. Sometimes, you can catch these problems before the water can escape the rim of the toilet.  However, when this causes the toilet water to overflow, you’re now dealing with sewage cleanup. 

While it’s definitely not a fun job, it’s important to take care of it as soon as possible so that the problem doesn’t get worse. A household sewage backup is a dirty and dangerous job. Not only do you have to contend with the stench, but also with the potential for disease. It’s important to know what to do if this happens in your home. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the basics of sewage cleanup and what you need to do to get your home back to normal. Stay safe and don’t hesitate to call in the professionals if things start getting too complicated!

What to do when confronted with a sewage disaster in your home

When there’s a sewage spill in your home, it really is in your best interest to call an expert.  Sewage is a contaminant and requires special personal protection equipment to avoid any potential adverse health effects.  Chances are good that a sewage cleanup professional will advise you and your family – including pets – to leave the premises until the contaminants have been taken care of and it becomes safe for your family once more.  Our best advice when you have experienced a sewage backup in your home would be the following:

  • Call a restoration company specializing in sewage cleanup
  • While they are on their way, depending on the severity of the sewer backup, you may want to have your family leave your home. However, 1 homeowner will remain behind to meet with the restoration company and go over the steps to clean up and fix the water damage.
  • Contact your insurance company for a claim number to repair damages.


Sewage Cleanup: What to Expect

When cleaning up sewage you should expect the obvious.  A stinky, disgusting mess!  

But in all seriousness, we would never send a technician to your house to do this job without personal protective gear.  Knowing this, you should be cautious in being in and around the area.  Sewage can contain harmful bacteria and even viruses. You are dealing with contaminants and no one’s health should be put at risk.


How do I clean sewage?

My response to this would be when it comes to sewage, do you really want to?  Chances are your homeowner’s insurance will cover this for you.  It may be worth a phone call to find out.  When hiring a restoration company to clean up the contaminated area they will know the best practices to use to disinfect.  Some materials will simply need to be discarded because they are too porous to remove all the contaminants.  Those that are not too porous will be hit with professional-grade disinfectant to properly eliminate those bacteria and viruses that may be on the surface.  You can feel confident when choosing a restoration company you trust that the job will be done right.  You’ll never have to second guess if you got it all or did it right yourself.


How long does sewage contamination last?

It is not readily known exactly how long bacteria survive indoor sewage spills.  But you can certainly kill off bacteria with proper methods and equipment.  A restoration company will be properly trained with up-to-date methods to properly decontaminate an area that has experienced sewer backup damage.  You can be confident that your home will be safe to be occupied by your family once we have done the work to clean up any sewage spills.

How do you clean raw sewage in a crawl space?

The first step to removing sewage in a crawl space is to remove the liquid portion first.  Then anything that the sewage touched needs to be cleaned or removed, including the ground that it touched, insulation, and even the vapor barrier.  Once the areas have been properly cleaned and sterilized the last step is to put things back to pre-loss condition.   Check with your insurance company.  This may be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Sewage disasters can be traumatic and overwhelming. Knowing what to expect and how to clean up the mess can help minimize the damage and get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. If you find yourself faced with a sewage emergency, don’t hesitate to call Armor Restoration for help. Our team of experienced professionals will take care of everything.  We will work quickly and efficiently to clean up the raw sewage and restore your home to its former glory.  Don’t wait – call us today!