Few accidents are more stressful than sewage backups, and it’s not just the smell and mess that make raw sewage floods a headache. Bacteria, pathogens, and other contaminants are serious risks to those living in the home. Additionally, the causes of sewage backups aren’t always easily noticeable, so the full extent of the problem is often a mystery until professional sewage-cleanup services, like Orange County Restoration Services, arrive.

Cleaning up raw sewage is not a DIY job

While many home- and business owners might admirably attempt to clean the mess themselves, the health risks and chances of spreading contaminants are simply too great for untrained individuals to risk—even if the problem seems small.

Here are some of the various toxins and contaminants present in raw sewage:

  • Bacteria, such as E. coli
  • Pathogens and viruses
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Harmful microbial life forms and parasites
  • Urine and fecal matter
  • Fungal contaminants

Common Biohazards:

  • Accident Cleanup
  • Animal Decomposition and Waste
  • Blood Cleanup
  • Death Accidents
  • Hoarding Cleanup

Professional sewage cleanup involves a combination of strict sanitary protocols and specific equipment designed for the task of raw sewage cleanup. Whether the backup was caused by a clog or pipe rupture; only professionals like Orange County Restoration Services, are equipped and experienced enough to effectively address the origin of the problem.

Causes of Raw-Sewage Backups and Floods

Raw-sewage floods, or Category III accidents, can result from a number of problems. Some of these issues are preventable while others are completely out of the home- or business owner’s control.

Improper disposal of certain materials, including grease, oil, and large objects in sinks and toilets, is the most common cause for backups. Other sources include broken or misaligned pipes. Tree roots may be rupturing underground pipes. This is a particularly common occurrence—especially if the pipes are old, or comprised of soft metals or clay. Heavy rains are another frequent cause of sewage backups as the overflow of water, along with tree branches, leaves, and other debris, flood piping systems and create further problems.

Tips for Home- and Business Owners

Handling of raw sewage should always be left up to professionals; however, businesses and homeowners are first to notice the accident. Until sewage cleanup services arrive on the scene, certain steps should be taken. Here are some helpful guidelines:

  • Try to limit any contact with raw sewage.
  • Call professional services immediately.
  • Consider, if possible, moving residents who are sick or suffer from health conditions until the site is clean.

Reducing contact with raw sewage and following these tips is critical. Unlike many other accidents, the risks and complications associated with a major sewage backup are too severe to take any chances.

Orange County Restoration Services provides complete raw sewage cleanup services to homes and businesses throughout California. If your home or place of business has recently experienced a sewage clog, waste no time (no pun), and call us immediately at 949-877-9697.

Our response team is trained, experienced, and more than capable of handling both the cause and the aftermath of a raw sewage flood. Every second counts when cleaning up raw sewage. Reduce the risk of major property damage and further contamination by contacting us today. Our services also include Odor Removal, Fire & Smoke Restoration, Water Damage Restoration, Mold Testing & Remediation, Contents Cleaning and Pack-Out, Rebuild and more!


With over 30 years experience and a real focus on customer satisfaction, you can rely on us for your next emergency, project or rebuild. We are a locally owned and operated family business. We provide professional restoration services with a real focus on customer satisfaction.


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    When there is a water, fire or mold loss in your home, homeowners have a lot on their plate and to focus on. Typically your insurance company will approve and cover the cost of an approved Contents company to pack, clean and store your belongings. Many times some of the contents in your home are damaged, so having a professional company document the damage is crucial for your insurance company to cover the loss.

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