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A picture of a flooded basementWhat is a sewage backup?

A sewage backup occurs when there are problems with the plumbing system in your home and water containing harmful germs enters your home.

What is the health concern of a sewage backup?

Direct contact or ingestion of sewage water can cause you to become ill.

What to do if you have a sewage backup?

  • Remove yourself, children, and pets from the affected area.
  • Never come into direct contact with sewage (use protective clothing).
  • Turn off power if there’s standing water or the possibility of wires getting wet.
  • Contact your landlord if you are a tenant.
  • Contact a plumber if you are a home owner.

For information on cleaning up a sewage backup please read Cleaning Up After a Sewage Backup.