What to Do When a Sewage Backup Occurs

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A sewage backup can happen at any time, but how to handle the situation effectively isn’t really common knowledge in many cases. 

If you ever have the misfortune of a sewage backup at your home or business, there are a few things you can safely do to address the backup and try to mitigate the issues. Backups that are spread out over several areas of your home should absolutely be handled by a professional for the safety of you and your family. 

If you need sewage damage restoration, there is a team of qualified professionals on call at MD Water Restoration who want to help. Don’t try to tackle a big restoration by yourself, for your sake and the sake of your loved ones.


The first thing to do if you suspect a sewage backup or sewage leak in your home is to take any pets, small children, or older family members out of your house. The bacteria that can be present even in the air during a sewage leak is dangerous for those with a compromised immune system, and is poisonous to pets, too. 

You’ll want to make sure those members of your family that need to be protected most from a sewage backup have a safe place to be during the entire restoration process. For larger jobs, this might mean somewhere to stay for a few days while the house is cleaned and aired out. 


Open windows as soon as possible if you have a large sewage backup. This will help keep clean air flowing into the space and make the restoration process easier on you and the team who will be working on your sewage restoration. 

You may also want to try to pour bleach or baking soda into any standing water to try to lessen the bacterial spread. This will help with the restoration process. 

During your assessment, you should also try to clean out any undamaged items you want to salvage from the affected areas. 

Call the Utilities Office

Before trying to move anything or touch anything if there is standing water present in your home, make sure to call your utility offices and ask them to shut off the services to your home. There may be a possible electrical charge if your breaker box is under any amount of standing water. 


If your sewage damage is extensive, call your homeowners insurance as soon as you can. Your insurance may help cover part or all of the damage to your home. At the very least, some insurance companies will cover the cost of bringing in a restoration team because of the health threats that come along with sewage damage.

On Vacation?

If you come home and you find a sewage backup, don’t try to restore your home no matter how big or small the backup. Sewage that’s been sitting for an unknown amount of time is much more likely to make you and your family sick. Call a restoration company right away if you come home to a sewage backup. 

We’re Here for You

MD Water Restoration has 24/7 service and wants to help you today with any sewage damage restoration needs you have. Please call us any time to get our qualified team out to your home or business right away in case of a restoration emergency. We look forward to serving you if you ever need us.

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