What to do if Sewage Backed up – 4 Easy Steps

Has Sewage backed up into your home or office?

Here are 4 easy steps to take after you have sewage back up into your area.

After you have a sewage back up issue in your home of office, the most important cleanup steps are to restore the environment to a dry state and salvage any valuable property. The longer that sewage is allowed to remain in your home, the greater the potential for damage to your home and its contents, and for health problems to develop for your family.

Here are some items you want to have on hand in case you have a sewer backup:

Bucket, bleach, rubber gloves, sponge
Avoid direct contact with sewage, and be particularly careful of your face and eyes.
Always wear protective rubber gloves, eyewear, and boots, and be especially careful if you have cuts or open sores. Rain gear is also advisable.

Step 1. – Safety

  • Turn off electrical power in the area that has been flooded if there is any chance of electrical wires, extension cords, or electrical appliances or fixtures coming in contact with standing water or wet materials
  • Vacate sewage-contaminated areas right away. Areas of sewage spill should not be occupied by people who are not wearing appropriate protective equipment as they are dangerous.
  • Make the Call: Call a professional 24/7 sewage clean up company like Premier Seattle Restoration immediately.  Call (253) 642-1025

You should assume that any surface or material touched by sewage is contaminated. 

Watch out: Unless you are wearing appropriate safety gear, do not enter confined spaces that have been contaminated with sewage, as toxic, flammable or asphyxiating or even explosive gases including methane and hydrogen sulfide as well as airborne pathogens may be present.

 Step 2: Turn off source.  

If there are measures that can be taken to stop continued sewage entry or water spread through the building, such as stopping a toilet, or water line to the house/building.

  • Stop flushing toilets
  • Turn off running water that is sending water into the drain system (clothes washer, sinks etc)
  • Open windows for ventilation.

If the sewage or wastewater are being spread by water from a burst plumbing supply or hot water heating pipe, turn off the water to the building and if needed for safety or to stop further you may also need to turn off the (hot water or steam) heating system.

Items that have been soaked and are not salvageable may best be placed outdoors. By removing wet and contaminated materials from the building it may be easier to inspect, repair leaks, and clean the building itself.

Watch out: do not handle sewage-contaminated materials without proper personal safety protection: there are bacterial, pathogenic, respiratory and infection hazards.

  • Remove sewage-contaminated contents: carpeting, upholstered furniture, curtains, wet books and similar items should be discarded.It may be possible to salvage valuable area carpets by professional cleaning and disinfection. Be sure to inform the carpet cleaning service that the area carpet was sewage-flooded. But wall to wall carpets and carpet padding that have been contaminated with sewage should be discarded.
  • Protect nearby dry, un-contaminated building contents from sewage contamination by moving them to clean dry areas outside the threat-area.

Watch out: generally we do not move already-contaminated building contents into a clean building area – doing so will simply expand the necessary scope and cost of building cleaning and disinfection. But where temporarily moving items outdoors is not practical, it may make sense to move wet or contaminated items that are to be salvaged into a concrete or tiled floor garage or similar area.

Items there can be later removed for cleaning and the clean-up of a hard-surfaced floor will be less troublesome than other surfaces.

If necessary get help from your local emergency authorities such as fire department and health department both for emergency response (such as pumping a flooded basement) or further building safety assessment.

Step 3: sewage backup or spill cleanup

  • Act promptly.Watch out: The longer that sewage waters remain in a building or on its contents the greater the chance of spreading illness or disease and the greater the chance of causing a costly mold contamination problem in addition to the sewage problem. High indoor moisture caused by standing water can cause mold contamination to form on other building surfaces even if they were not directly wet by the sewage spill.Don’t panic: while prompt action is needed as we just explained, don’t be in such a rush that you do something dangerous.
  • Call a professional sewage clean up authority – Call Call (253) 642-1025 and speak with a Seattle Sewage Cleanup Professional who can help you get your home or office back to normal.
  • Notify your municipal authority or sewer department if your home is connected to a public sewer.
  • Contact your local health department for advice if your home is connected to a private septic system.

Step 4.  Contact Insurance Company

At this point you will want to notify your insurance agent and let them know about the sewage back up that has potentially damaged your home and property.  Luckily Premier Sewage Clean up and repair accepts most insurance, we will work with you to make sure the sewage cleaning process is seamless, start to finish.

Step 4: prevent a sewage backup recurrence

Disturbing as it may sound, we find that some buildings suffer chronic flooding, leaks, sewage backups and spills. It makes sense to do more than just clean-up a sewage spill: one needs to identify and repair the underlying problem that caused the sewage overflow, spill or backup.

  • Call a professional / licensed plumber if you need help with drain de-clogging or broken drain repair
  • Maintain the septic system: Watch out: for homes connected to a private septic system, proper septic tank maintenance, particularly pumping the septic tank on schedule is a key step in preventing septic system failure & backups.

The root cause of a sewage backup may be a simple single-event toilet overflow, a chronic

drain clog or private septic system, or even a natural disaster or area flooding.  Hire a licensed plumber to investigate the issue and have it fixed.


You now should be covered in case of a sewer back up emergency.  If you live in the Seattle Area, Premier Restoration is the leader in Sewage Clean Up Service and will get your property healthy and back to normal in no time.

Contact us Today or Call Call (253) 642-1025 and speak with a Seattle Sewage Cleanup Professional who can help you get your home or office back to normal.

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