A sewer backup in Baltimore can be a real nasty problem. According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, “More than a dozen times a day, on average, a Baltimore sewer main rejects the waste residents have flushed down toilets and washed down drains, sending it back into basements.” Sewer backup can happen to anyone, and if it does, it’s important to know what to do. Follow these tips to help get your house back to normal as quick as possible.
Call a Professional
Stop! Don’t try to clean up the mess yourself since sewer backups can contain harmful substances that will make you sick. The best first step is to call a professional. ServiceMaster of Baltimore (866-780-1700) has over 60 years of experience handling water damage restoration, and will know exactly what you and your property will need to repair the damage. They’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year to help preserve your property when a sewer backup happens.
What Needs to be Done?
Anything that’s been damaged by a sewer backup will need to be disinfected and repaired or replaced. Things like plumbing fixtures, wet carpets, wallboards or wall coverings and ductwork all need to be restored before the area will be safe again. Unfortunately in some cases you may need to throw out contaminated objects like carpets and other highly absorbent materials. It’s important to take pictures of everything affected by the sewer backup to use when filing a claim with your insurance company. Your photos will help show the insurance company just how much damage was done during the sewer backup.
ServiceMaster of Baltimore Can Help!
If you go through the unfortunate event of a sewer backup, you can count on the professionals at ServiceMaster of Baltimore to be there for you. As an IICRC-Certified company, ServiceMaster of Baltimore technicians are trained to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth, contain damage, remove contamination, and dry structural materials in an effort to reduce your loss and preserve your property. Contact us for a quick estimate of your sewer backup, or to get immediate help with your residential or commercial disaster restoration. Hopefully you have found our blog, “How to Handle a Sewer Backup in Baltimore,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.