When you buy a home, you'll be responsible for maintenance - but what happens if you have a sewage backup?
Your best bet is to call a sewage cleanup company near you. You'll have to explain what happened and, if possible, identify the source of the backup. When there's a backup, where it comes from is incredibly important; it can mean the difference between one of three types of sewage.
What Are the Three Types of Sewage?
The three types of sewage are clean water, gray water and black water.
Clean water doesn't necessarily mean the water is actually clean - it just means it came from a clean source, like a leaky faucet or broken pipe carrying water into your home.
Gray water is definitely contaminated. Sometimes it comes from toilet overflow that included urine but not feces; it can come from your dishwasher, your washing machine, or another source, too. Gray water can turn into the worst kind of sewage - black water - if it's not addressed immediately.
Black water is very contaminated. It can cause serious illness or death, so your best bet is to stay as far away from it as possible. Black water can contain feces, debris and contaminants from flooded rivers or streams, or other microbes. Sometimes black water has chemicals and dangerous viruses or bacteria in it.
The bottom line: If you have a sewage backup in your home, you need to call a professional in to handle it. It's not worth putting yourself or your family at risk.