The main cause of plumbing overflow is a blockage in the plumbing system. Whenever there's an obstruction in the pipes, flushed and drained water has nowhere else to go but back up. The moment water re-enters your property, it carries millions of bacteria traces and germs back with it. Because of this, it's crucial to clean up the contaminated water quickly. However, this task isn't always as simple as it looks.
Applying normal cleaning methods after a plumbing overflow incident helps only to a certain extent. If you really want to get rid of the contaminants in the water, you'll need specialized equipment and powerful cleaning products to decontaminate and sanitize your surroundings. Additionally, you also have to watch out for potential water damage that can develop on your property.
Cleaning plumbing overflow on your own is both challenging and time-consuming. That's why it's better to contact Buffalo Restoration, so we can handle the problem instead. Buffalo Restoration is a full-service restoration company that's been operating since 1991. Our experience and professional water damage restoration knowledge ensure your plumbing overflow problem is solved quickly and efficiently.
There are many benefits to having professionals take care of the plumbing overflow. Apart from reliable and fast procedures, it's also safer to let our fully licensed and certified technicians do all the cleaning. Contaminated water is dangerous to both your health and the environment, so it's crucial to eliminate 100% of the bacteria in the water. If not, you have a higher risk of getting sick and inviting secondary water damage like mold and wood rot.
There are three categories of contaminated water that can spring from plumbing overflow.
Clean water is a category 1 and it often comes from a clean source like a broken supply line or a leaking faucet. Though clean water looks harmless, it can escalate to a category 2 or 3 when it comes in contact with contaminated water or is left untreated.
Gray water is a category 2. It often comes from washing machine overflow, dishwashing machine overflow, and toilet overflow with some urine and no feces. Gray water could cause discomfort or illness to certain individuals. It may contain bacteria and viruses and could degrade to a category 3 if ignored.
Black water is category 3, and it is essentially water that's grossly contaminated. Black water could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Black water has to be avoided at all costs. The sources of black water include the following:
Contact Buffalo Restoration at (406) 586-8109, and we'll take care of your plumbing overflow problem, no matter what category it's in. Our expert cleaning methods ensure your environment reverts to its healthy condition, and your property is free from all possible water damage. Our emergency service team is also ready to assist you 24/7. Call us today for a free estimate. We hope to hear from you soon.
All of Buffalo Restoration's services are made available to properties in the Bozeman, MT and the Southwest Montana area.
We'll use state of the art inspection techniques such as thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to assess the level of moisture in the drywall, carpet, padding, and sub floor. Then we'll share our findings with you and explain them so that you understand. We'll give recommendations so you can decide what to do next.
Next we'll start the drying process which may include hardwood flooring drying systems, desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers, wall cavity drying equipment, truck-mounted extraction equipment for in-place drying, and turbo drying fans. After we've set up our drying equipment, we'll monitor the moisture and make adjustments to maximize the drying.
Depending on the extent of the damage, some reconstruction may be required. Our one-stop shop can take your project from start to finish and put everything back together again, cleaner and better than ever.
Basic maintenance on your home's plumbing system can go a long way in preventing bigger issues from occurring. Here are some tips that will help minimize the number of times you will have to be calling a plumber.
These small issues can quickly turn easy repairs into larger and more expensive plumbing repairs or worse, lead to water damage and mold growth.
Most small drain clogs can be cleared with a simple solution of baking soda and vinegar.
Install properly fitting drain screens and sink stoppers to prevent food, hair, and other things from going down the drain. Preventive measures are the best way to stop a clog from forming.
Your garbage disposal is not a catch-all for residual food bits and pieces. Your disposal can last many years with proper usage; however, not everything can be chewed up by the garbage disposal. Check your manufacturer's manual for specifics. As a general rule, never put cooking grease, coffee grinds, eggshells, pasta, or rice in your disposal.
Be sure you have a plumber's wrench in your toolbox as well as a sturdy plunger.
Your home will have a main water shut-off valve and may have outside clean-outs. Your appliances will all have shut-off valves, including your washing machine, sink, toilet, and water heater. It's important to know where all of these are located to prevent any leak that occurs from causing more damage.
Before winter hits, spend some time inspecting the insulation around your pipes under your home, basement, and garage. Having proper insulation prevents your pipes from freezing or bursting.
Consult with your plumber about a schedule for the routine maintenance needs for your home's HVAC system and water heater. Also, schedule a snake of your sewer lines via your home's clean-out at least every two years to keep pipes free of clogs and buildup.
Your home's plumbing has a tell. When you spot one of its tics, like a leaky faucet, water on the floor around a dishwasher or refrigerator, or mildew around a sink, shower, or tub, don't hesitate to act. It's a sign that you have some maintenance to do.