Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

Water from sewer system backups, septic system backups and toilet overflows should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. This type of emergency is best handled by a professional  team that is specifically trained in biohazard recovery and remediation.  At SERVPRO of North Morris County, we have encountered serious public sewage system backups that were caused by flooding.  The sewage system in one of our local communities was backing up into local residences and literally spewing out of their toilets.  We have also aided customers with septic system backups and even toilet overflows that trickled down from upstairs bathrooms into main living spaces, making it necessary to sanitize many of these areas.  Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.  Our team is experienced in this type of cleanup and is here and ready to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (973) 983-5657

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of North Morris County will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

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Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.