Sewage backups can be hazardous to you and all those around, be it in a residential property or a commercial building. Without timely action, the overflow can create a much larger problem in your home or business. You can expect water damage to expand quite quickly and mold to appear in as little as 24-48 hours under the right conditions.

Water damage from a backed-up toilet has the potential to be classified as a biohazard, especially if the damage is category 3, i.e., grossly contaminated water. When that happens, you should evacuate immediately in severe cases, and instead of handling the overflowing water yourself, call an expert.  Even in the case of a backup that doesn’t appear too significant, as you can imagine, coming in contact with water of this nature and the affected contents is not something you should do without the proper PPE.  Breathing the resulting air-borne contaminants is also not advisable.

Here are some sewage backup damage mitigation techniques that restoration companies use to help lessen the damage possible from this type of loss.

Handling Water Damage From Backed Up Toilet


We start by ventilating the area and using HEPA filtration air scrubbers to improve the indoor environment.

Extraction, Demolition & Removal

The next step is typically related to extracting the contaminated water and in some cases, solids.  Porous materials such as drywall, carpet, upholstered furniture, etc. are inventoried and removed from the property.  We’re in close contact with the insurance carrier’s adjuster during this stage so they are well aware of the scope of the work needed to return the property to a safe condition for the homeowners.

Detailed Cleaning and Decontamination

Due to the origin of the water (the sewer system), highly detailed cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas is performed and we follow the industry guidelines for all of the work we perform. The disinfectants we use are specifically formulated for this exact application.

Structural Drying

High-powered commercial dehumidifiers and air movers are used to return the property to its normal moisture contents.  Throughout the drying process, which can take from three to five days on average, we monitor the equipment and drying process each day.  We use a variety of specialized moisture meters to take readings on all of the affected building materials so we can be certain we have done a thorough job.

As with all types of water damage, time is of the essence. You cannot simply wait for contaminated water to dry on its own because of the health risks it poses. Make sure you call Major Restoration services immediately if your toilet is backed up and worse if it is overflowing. If the issue is simple, we will guide you over the phone at no charge. If not, we will come right over and gladly help you out!


Serving South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland
PA# 019590 MD# 108211
We also do : Water Damage Restoration, Drying & Dehumidification, Fire, Smoke & Soot Clean Up, Sump Pump Failures, Restoration and Mitigation, Crime Scene Clean Up, Pack Outs, Biohazard, Puff-back Cleanup, Mold Remediation, Sewage Clean Up, Water Extraction and General Contracting

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York, PA 17403


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