How should I go about having my basement cleaned after a sanitary sewer backup?
  • Hire a cleaning service or follow the suggestions below.
  • If floodwaters or sewage fill your basement, you must clean properly to prevent you and your family from becoming sick or injured. Do not bring children into the flooded area during clean up! Use protective clothing including boots, goggles and gloves.
  • The following are suggestions on how to clean up a flood or sewage problem.
  • Drain all floodwaters and/or sewage by natural draining or pumping.
  • Remove dirt, soil and debris from surfaces that came in contact with floodwaters.
  • Wash down all walls, floors and surfaces that the floodwater or sewage touched with clean, warm or hot water and a low suds detergent.
  • Rinse again with warm or hot water.
  • Sanitize by rinsing walls, floors and surfaces.
  • Air the area by opening windows or using fans.
  • Prevent tracking flood debris and sewage into clean areas.
  • Contact DPW for additional advise as necessary.

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1. I had a sewer back up during a recent rainstorm. What should I do?
2. How should I go about having my basement cleaned after a sanitary sewer backup?
3. How do I pay for the clean up?
4. I have a problem in the sanitary sewer service lead (lateral). Whom do I call for help?
5. What is a sanitary sewer service lead (lateral)?
6. What is connected to this sanitary sewer service lead (lateral)?
7. What might have caused the sanitary sewer to back up?
8. What can I do to prevent a sanitary sewer backup?
9. What is a backflow or backwater valve?
10. I have a septic field and would like to connect to public sanitary sewer lines. How can I do that?