Sewage backups can be a nightmare – and if you’re facing one, you need to call Ann Arbor’s best sewage cleanup service immediately.

But what’s in sewage, and why do you need a pro to clean it up? Here’s what you need to know.

What is Sewage?

Sewage is a blanket term for wastewater that’s taken from your home. It goes out through toilets, sink and shower drains, and your garbage disposal, washing machine, and other sources. All that wastewater blends together to make sewage.

Typically, sewage contains feces, urine, laundry waste, food waste and other undesirable types of waste.

Untreated sewage water can be dangerous and pose serious health risks. Because the water hasn’t been chemically treated to clean it, it can carry all kinds of pathogens (disease-causing agents).

Classifications of Wastewater

Wastewater is typically classified in one of three categories: clean water, gray water and black water.

Clean Water

Clean water isn’t always “clean,” but it comes from what you’d think of as a clean source, like a broken pipe or leaky faucet.

Gray Water

Gray water is contaminated. It can come from toilets and contain urine (but not feces), dishwasher overflow and washing machine overflow. It can contain bacteria and viruses that can make you sick.

Black Water

Black water isn’t necessarily black, although it can be dark in color (but it’s not always dark). The term black water means the water is seriously contaminated, and you should never go near it. It could cause serious illness or death because it can be contaminated with things that lie behind the toilet trap – other people’s contamination. It can also be teeming with chemicals, dangerous viruses and bacteria, and other microbes.

Do You Need Help With Sewer Cleanup?

ExactRecon can help you get your home or business back to its original condition after a sewer backup or contamination with clean, gray or black water.

We provide several damage restoration services, including fire, smoke and soot restoration services, as well as water damage restoration services in Ann Arbor and all the surrounding communities that can help you and your family get back on track.

Call us at 734-352-9183 or get in touch with us online today.