Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

Today must be the day for sewer back ups.  As three employees were out servicing a loss, the office received a call for another sewer backup in the area.  SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids did not hesitate to help out.  The crew was split up and we hurried off to help another person in need.  These types of jobs are not the ones that employees get excited about, but they know that they need to be cleaned up and that we are alway there to help. "Like it never even happened." This is not something that happens everyday but when the calls come in we are always ready to respond!

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (319) 393-8430

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.