A sewage backup can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your property and belongings. If left unresolved, it can even result in serious health problems.
If you experience a sewage backup in your home or business, swift action is essential for minimizing damage and protecting your health.
Continue reading to learn about the three most urgent and important steps to take following a sewage backup, and if you have any questions, call our trusted Denver plumbers at Bell Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical!
Sewage contains viruses, bacteria, and other germs that can cause illness and disease. The health risks associated with a sewage backup depend on the amount of sewage involved, how long it stays in contact with the materials in your home or business, and for how long and in what way you were exposed to the sewage.
Here’s how to protect your health and safety:
Call your insurance company once a sewage backup has been identified to determine whether your policy covers the cleanup and restoration. While not included in typical coverage (many insurers do not cover backup damage under a standard homeowner’s insurance policy or with flood insurance.), sewage backup insurance is typically offered for a minimal cost.
Additionally, your policy may include Loss of Use coverage, which will reimburse you for living expenses like lodging and food in the event your home is uninhabitable, and you need to move out until cleanup is complete.
Before cleanup begins, it is crucial to take photographs to document the extent of the flooding and damage.
If your insurance policy will pay for cleanup, that’s great! If your policy doesn’t cover cleanup, you will have to pay for the services out of pocket or do the cleanup job yourself. Regardless, we suggest calling the specialists at Bell Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical for emergency sewer repair and cleanup. We can evaluate the extent of the damage and provide you with a strategy to follow for cleaning up your property and restoring your home or business.
A sewage backup is serious business due to the health risks involved, and your peace of mind is just as important as a swift and thorough cleanup job. When a Denver drain and sewer professional from Bell Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical does the work, you can rest assured your home will be completely safe and blissfully back to normal once we finish the job.