Sewage and floodwaters contain bacteria
and other hazardous microorganisms. These can be transmitted
by touching contaminated items or by tracking them into
uncontaminated areas on shoes. Children and pets are
especially vulnerable. Frequent hand washing with hot,
soapy water is an important preventative measure.
Cleaning and sanitizing is most effective when performed by professional service companies. Check your Yellow Pages or Business White Pages for reputable Service Company. A thorough cleanup should include, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:
Wear waterproof boots or waders and heavy-duty rubber gloves and eye protection. To remove gloves, turn them inside out, without touching the contaminated exterior. Dispose of them properly.
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Coping with a Sewer Backup
If you have a backup, call us at 580-581-3422 (24 hours a day). We will dispatch a maintenance crew to your address to find out if the stoppage is in the City main or your private line (sewer lateral).
If the sewer main is found to be clear, it is the responsibility of the property owner to call a licensed plumber or drain service to correct the problem. The City cannot recommend any plumber. Check your Yellow Pages or Business Pages. You may want to get at least three estimates from reputable plumbers. Check references to be sure you're dealing with a reputable plumber.
The City will not pay for private plumber bills. If the stoppage is in the City main we will fix it as quickly as possible and keep you informed about what is being done.
A sewer backup creates a stressful and emotional situation for all affected parties. Potentially it may cause health and safety exposures as well as significant property loss. Proper responses to sewer backups can greatly minimize losses from negative health effects and property damages. Every backup is unique and will require different responses but there are some universal principles that can be applied to all situations.
Sewer backup can lead to disease, destruction of your valuables, damage to your house, and the risk of electrocution. Prompt cleanup of affected property can help minimize the inconvenience and damage. You should immediately arrange for a thorough, professional, sanitized cleanup of your affected property:
Ventilate the affected area with floor fans and a dehumidifier, if available, to properly dry the area.