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Restoration Ideas You're Sure to Love

After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.



Restoration Ideas You're Sure to Love

What To Do When You Experience A Septic Tank Back-Up Emergency

by Jonathan Lucas

Hopefully, your septic tank functions properly and does not experience any issues. If you experience a flood around your property, though, you may have to deal with a septic tank back-up emergency. However, if you find yourself experiencing a septic tank emergency, here is what you should do.

You should never have sewage come into your home. If for some reason sewage enters your home, the first thing you need to do is make sure that your family and pets are safe. Backed up sewage can be very stinky and can contain a variety of different bacteria that can be harmful to your body. It can also result in harmful gasses being released into your home.

Get Everyone Out Of Your Home

Ideally, you should get your kids, pets, and any elderly individuals out of your home until the sewage is cleaned up. You don't want them to be harmed by the gases or contract a bacteria from the mess. Find them somewhere safe to stay while you call for assistance and get help.

Open Up The Windows

Next, you are going to want to ventilate your home, due to the gases that could be released as well as the smell. Open up windows in the affected area and nearby rooms, and turn on any fans you have to facilitate circulation.

Call For Assistance

The next thing you need to do is find a septic company or plumber that offers emergency assistance to homeowners. Describe the situation and keep calling until you find a company that can come right out to your home. When you find a plumbing or sewage company that can assist with this, see if they offer clean-up services as well.

If they don't offer clean-up services, you may need to call a water restoration company to assist you with cleaning up the mess left behind.

Clean Up The Mess

If you are determined to clean up the mess by yourself, make sure that you have the right supplies. You are going to want to wear tall rubber boots, pants and a long sleeve shirt. Purchase an air mask that has a filter on it to clean the air as you breathe, not just a basic air mask, as the fumes from the gas and odors can be really strong. Also, cover your eyes with some goggles to keep them safe from debris. Finally, you'll need rubber gloves that go up your arm.  You don't want to come into contact with the waste; it can carry bacteria.

You may need to rent a dumpster to help you deal with all of the mess. You are going to need to clean up and remove the waste, perhaps bucket by bucket, from your home. Once most of the waste has been removed, you need to remove all porous material from your home, such as carpet and drywall. These items are going to be hard to clean.

From there, you are going to want to disinfect all surfaces a couple of times. Disinfect what you can with bleach and use strong cleaning products to disinfect everything that you can. You are going to want to clean all infected areas a couple of times, and clean all of your clothing after you are done cleaning the house.

For more info, contact a company like John's Waterproofing.