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Dealing with a Harmful Waste Incident: The Signs, The Dos, and The Don’ts

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage backup in a bathroom If you suffer from a sewage backup like in this Orleans property, call the cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod

We deal with all sorts of emergency restoration and remediation jobs here at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod, even the ones people don’t like to talk about. We’ve seen and carefully dealt with harmful waste incidents at numerous homes and commercial buildings. These backups can range anywhere from large, noticeable intendents that professional crews have to trudge through, to unnoticed sewage seepages under floorboards or crawlspaces. By staying vigilant in spotting the signs of sewage buildup, you may be able to spare yourself from a messy and potentially harmful sewage disaster. Here are some of the more subtle signs of a backup:

  • Multiple drain backups
  • Multiple drain clogs
  • Improperly flushing toilets that can’t be plunged
  • Excessive water bubbling when draining water
  • Increasing foul waste-like odors

 If you find yourself with a sewage backup in your home or office, follow these helpful dos and don’ts:


  • Stay away from affected areas
  • Treat all fluids as if they were contaminated
  • Call emergency services if the situation is life threatening


  • Attempt any kind of cleanup
  • Touch any items that may be contaminated

If you fall victim to a hazardous sewage backup, don’t hesitate to call the cleanup professionals at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod. From Mashpee to Provincetown, we’re on guard 24/7 for all of your emergency cleanup and restoration needs. Call us at 508-778-7378 to set up a free estimate or get an emergency cleanup crew within 24 hours.

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