As a homeowner, one of the grossest tasks that you will likely have to perform is cleaning-up after your septic system has backed-up into your home's bathtub. This job doesn't just smell bad, but raw sewage is a very real health threat to you and your family.

The next time you hear the pipes gurgling, and find a special plumbing gift in your bathtub, keep these safety tips in mind:

Tip #1 – Contain the Contamination, Then Kill The Germs

Raw sewage contains bacteria, fungi spores, viruses, and other germs that can be harmful to you if you inhale, or otherwise come into contact with them.

When your shower, or bathtub, first start to bubble and show signs of a failure it is time to close-off your bathroom from the rest of your home. You need to close the bathroom door, place a towel under the door, and tape off any door cracks using tape. This will contain the contamination to just your bathroom.

Once your plumber has fixed the plumbing clog, then you should clean your bathtub with a solution made of:

  • 1 Cup Bleach

  • 2 Gallons of Water.

Additionally, you should open the window of the bathroom and allow it to air-out for at least two hours after you have removed any contamination with your bleach solution.

Tip #2 – Use Professional Flood Restoration If Carpets Were Affected

If your septic backed-up enough to cause sewage to come into contact with your carpets, then you will need to have a professional flood restoration company, such as Complete Restoration Services, to come in and clean the carpets. Your carpet will need to be treated with a very hot water, and this cannot be safely accomplished by most regular carpet cleaning company's carpet cleaning machines.

Tip #3 - Make Sure All Family Members Are Current on Vaccinations

Diseases such as Hepatitis C can be spread through sewage. For this reason, all of the people in your home should stay current on their vaccinations. This simple thing can be a wonderful help when your septic backs-up and can also protect you from things like tetanus if you were to step on a rusty nail.


By taking care to stay current on your vaccinations, professionally cleaning any carpets which come into contact with sewage, and containing any contamination from coming in the rest of your home, you can safely clean up the occasional nasty bathroom surprise that your septic system uses to remind you that owning a home comes with extra fun.