Dealing with Toilet Overflows and Sewer Backup Accidents

A plumber fixing a toiletWater damage due to toilet overflows or sewer backup accidents are some of the most dangerous types of water-related disasters homes can ever encounter. This is because of the involvement of wastewater known as blackwater.

Blackwater is highly unsanitary because it is contaminated with feces, urine, and other hazardous substances, making it a breeding ground for various pathogenic microroganisms. These include the following: 

  • Bacteria - Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella,  Enterococcus, and Campylobacter
  • Viruses – Rotovirus, Hepatitis A, Echovirus, Adenonovirus, Norovirus, Coxsackievirus
  • Fungi – Molds like Stachybotrys chartarum, which can spread throughout the home.
  • Parasites - Nematodes (roundworms), Cestodes (tapeworms), Giardia lamblia (protozoan), Entamoeba histolytica (protozoan), Cryptosporidium (protozoan), Balantidium colias (protozoan)

Backup accidents typically occur when debris is blocking your plumbing system. A toilet backup accident, for instance, can happen when you try to flush it and the obstruction causes the water to overflow as a result.

A backflow, on the other hand, can happen even when you are not using your home’s plumbing system. The unwanted flow of water in reverse direction is typically not caused by a local blockage in your home’s plumbing system, but a problem elsewhere in your community’s system. Sometimes, this can also be caused by flooding events.

If a backup or a backflow accident has affected your property in Little Rock, Arkansas, get help from a trusted restoration professional like Chenal Restoration DKI fast. We can check whether your home’s plumbing system is defective or if your community’s main line has a problem. If it is the latter, we’ll make sure to alert your local sewer or sanitation department immediately. We will also perform thorough disinfection and deodorization of your property to deal with the risk of disease transmission as well as the foul odors.  

Please call us today at 501-215-8252. We offer 24/7 emergency services to residents of Little Rock and surrounding communities in Arkansas.