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Sewage Backup Cleanup - What to Do In case of an Emergency

Sewage Backup Cleanup - What to Do In case of an Emergency - Bio-One of Poway.

If you have a sewer emergency in your home or business, you should first call a professional sewage backup cleanup and restoration company like Bio-One of Poway. We are experts in dealing with sewage backups and will work quickly to get your life back to normal. We will assess the damage, clean up the affected areas, and restore the property to its pre-accident condition.

Sewage backups are a severe problem that can occur in residential and commercial properties anytime. They are caused by clogged toilets, sink drains, and sewer lines. When sewage backs up into homes or businesses, it can cause extensive damage to the property and create a biohazardous situation that can pose a serious health risk to humans and animals.

What are sewage backups, and what causes them?

Sewage backups are water damage that occurs when sewage or other contaminated water enters your home or business. Heavy rains, clogged sewer lines, or faulty sump pumps are common problems with sanitary sewers.

What should you do if you have a sewage backup?

If you have a sewage backup, it is important to act quickly and safely. First, try to identify the source of the problem and stop it if possible. If the sewage is coming from a clogged toilet, for example, flush the bathroom toilet several times to see if that clears the blockage. If the backup comes from the drain line, turn off the water in the affected area.

Once you have stopped the source of the backup, it is important to start cleanup immediately. These emergencies can cause extensive damage to your home or business, so it is important to call in professionals for an effective sewage backup cleanup as soon as possible.

What can you do to prevent problems in your main sewer line?

Routine maintenance is the key to keeping your sanitary sewer running correctly.

  • Have your septic tank pumped every three to five years. Pumping removes the sludge and scum from the bottom of the tank that, if left untreated, can clog your drain field.
  • Get rid of tree roots. Tree roots are the number one cause of sewer line cracks, and they can grow into and through cracks in your pipes, causing blockages. If you have trees on your property, have the root zone treated with an herbicide every few years to keep roots from growing into your sewer lines.
  • Install a backwater valve. A backwater valve is a one-way valve that allows sewage to flow out of your home but not back in. A backwater valve can prevent backups in homes or businesses if you live in an area prone to flooding.

Sewage backup Cleanup - How Bio-One can help

Simple preventive measures can help keep your home's sanitary sewers running correctly and avoid a blockage. If you experience an emergency, call Bio-One for professional and reliable sewage backup cleanup services.

Sewer backup cleanup solutions for residential and commercial settings.
Sewer backup cleanup solutions for residential and commercial settings. Photo credit: @user3222645 - Freepik.

Help First, Business Second! 

Bio-One is always ready to react to unanticipated events like death, significant accidents, and hazardous situations. In the following areas of San Diego County, we provide cleaning and restoration services:

Recovery Services 

  • Crime and trauma scene cleanup
  • Blood and bodily fluids cleanup
  • Suicide cleanup
  • Homicide cleanup
  • Unattended death cleanup
  • Biohazard cleanup
  • Feces and bodily fluids cleanup
  • Mold Remediation
  • Odor removal
  • Virus Disinfection
  • Fentanyl cleanup
  • Emergency vehicle decontamination
  • Sewage backup cleanup
  • Medical Waste disposal

Hoarding Cleanup Services

  • Hoarding cleanup services
  • Animal hoarding cleanup
  • Junk removal
  • Deep cleaning 
  • Gross filth cleanup
  • Hazardous waste removal
  • Homeless encampment cleanup

Your Local Last Responder for Life's Most Difficult Situations

Bio-One is the finest choice for assisting victims and their families if a suicide, homicide, unattended death, crime scene, or traumatic situation occurs. In addition to emergency services, Bio-One, a locally-owned company, also offers biohazard cleanup services for commercial and residential properties.

We understand that biohazardous material can be a great source of stress for property owners, so we work quickly and efficiently to minimize the disruption it causes.

We collaborate with local law enforcement, neighborhoods, emergency services personnel, victim support organizations, hoarding task forces, apartment complexes, insurance company carriers, and others to provide the best service possible. 

Proudly Serving San Diego County & Surrounding Communities

We proudly serve the following San Diego County, CA cities and surrounding communities: Cardiff, Del Mar, Descanso, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Julian, La Jolla, Lakeside, Mount Laguna, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, Santee, and Solana Beach.

Bio-One of Poway is a proud member of the Poway Chamber of Commerce. Our feces and urine cleaning services are available 24/7, 365 days a year. We have the expertise to remove and safely dispose of clutter and debris from your home or office. Give us a call at 858-261-4527.

Jul 16, 2021


Are you a landlord with a big mess left by previous tenants? We can help! Our certified technicians will haul away any clutter and remove all biohazards and odors so that your space will be ready to safely house its next tenants.

Bio-One takes care of everything from start to finish:

- Junk removal and hauling

- Biohazard cleanup, including human fluids and feces, drug paraphernalia, rodent or pest waste, and mold removal.

- Odor removal, including cigarette, marijuana, or pet odors

- Deep clean of all surfaces

Call today to set up a free estimate! (858) 261-4527

Apr 30, 2021


We were called in to help a family move their elderly parents out of their longtime home. As you can imagine, you can accumulate a lot of stuff over twenty years! When dealing with a hoarding situation of any level, we don't just come in and throw everything away. We help the subject go through their things, help them organize what they choose to keep, and then we handle the rest! We remove the trash and follow up with a thorough cleaning so the client can return safely to their home, or leave a fresh start for the home's next tenant.

If you need help with a hoarding situation, or another biohazard, our team is available 24/7 to help you discretely, thoroughly, and with compassion. Call Bio-One of Poway at (858) 261-4527 for a free estimate.

Apr 29, 2021


The amateur drug labs used to manufacture fentanyl and other substances can pose serious risks both to first responders and to other individuals who may come in contact with these crime scenes.  If your property has been used as a location for the manufacture of fentanyl, methamphetamine or other controlled substances, you need professional help to resolve this issue and to restore a safe environment for yourself and others.

What Is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that was once used by doctors to treat patients with severe and chronic pain.  It is about 100 times more powerful than morphine, which has made its manufacture and sale a profitable enterprise for some criminal elements.  The makeshift laboratories used in the production of fentanyl can be severely contaminated with this dangerous substance, which makes them hazardous to HAZMAT technicians, DEA agents and anyone else who comes in contact with these crime scenes.

What Is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that acts on the central nervous system to produce an addictive high.  Both the chemicals used to produce methamphetamine and the drug itself can be harmful.  Like fentanyl, the labs used to create methamphetamine are generally contaminated with chemicals that can be dangerous to those exposed to them.

Do Not Attempt to Clean the Property on Your Own

Highly trained technicians are required to safely and effectively remediate a fentanyl contamination scene.  These individuals are typically certified to remediate drug and meth labs and to safely remove and dispose of biohazardous drug paraphernalia and manufacturing equipment.  If you suspect fentanyl or methamphetamine contamination is present on a property you own, it is essential to contact law enforcement and to enlist the assistance of experienced and trained professionals to neutralize the fentanyl compound and to remove all traces of the drugs safely and effectively.

The Drug Scene Cleanup Process

Because the chemicals used in the production of fentanyl, methamphetamine and other drugs are so toxic, the highly trained technicians who perform this type of work must wear Level A PPE or personal protective equipment.  This equipment usually includes a fully encapsulating chemical protective suit, two layers of chemical-resistant gloves, a positive-pressure self-contained breathing apparatus or respirator and chemical-resistant boots.  This is necessary because of serious health risks that are associated with exposure to fentanyl, methamphetamine and the chemicals used to produce these drugs.

Dangers of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Drug Scene Cleanup

Some of the most serious risks associated with exposure to fentanyl and methamphetamine drug labs include the following:

  • Absorbing even a small amount of fentanyl through the skin or by inhaling it can lead to respiratory issues, which could result in long-term health problems or death.
  • Inhalation of the chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine have been shown to cause respiratory difficulties, including coughing, shortness of breath and an increased risk of cancer.  Nausea, headache and long-term damage to the brain, liver and kidneys have also been associated with exposure to this dangerous drug and the chemicals used to make it.

Our Bio-One local office servicing Poway, San Diego, and surrounding areas has been certified to remediate drug and meth labs, which is the only way to safely remove and dispose of biohazardous drug paraphernalia, chemical compounds, and the equipment used to manufacture these substances.  By enlisting the services of experienced and trained professionals, you can resolve fentanyl or methamphetamine contamination in the most effective way possible.  Call us at (858) 261-4527 to speak with highly trained technicians.

Apr 14, 2021

Bio-One Remediating and Decontaminating Homeless Encampments

Law enforcement, first responders, property owners, and government agencies call Bio-One to remediate and decontaminate homeless encampments across the country. Why? Encampments often contain biohazards such as hypodermic needles, feces, blood, vomit, and pests. Our clients recognize these cleanups need to be handled by professionals equipped with proper training and personal protective equipment (PPE). 

With our beautiful mild weather, we end up with quite a few homeless encampments here in San Diego, especially in our beachfront areas like La Jolla, Torrey Pines, Del Mar, and Encinitas. 

We recently helped a very popular homeless man in the Del Mar community, Les, who had been living out of his car before entering the hospital for cancer treatment. His car was packed full with his belongings, old food and wrappers, and infested with cockroaches. We were able to clean out the non-operative car to make it safe for donation while Les moves on to more suitable housing. To read more about Les' story, check out our blog post here.

At Bio-One, our team not only works in residential and commercial properties, but we clean and disinfect biohazards and debris created by homeless encampments. Removing trash and biohazard waste from homeless encampments is often too overwhelming for businesses and government entities, which is where Bio-One can help. We work 24/7 with law enforcement, first responders, property owners, and government agencies to ensure our certified and trained technicians remediate the scene in a safe and timely manner.

Homeless encampments are set up all over the United States and unfortunately pose a liability to property owners. These encampments can be seen wherever space is available-- vacant buildings, forests, under bridges, etc. As the number of homeless encampments increases, so does the need for encampment cleanup. Encampments often contain biohazards such as hypodermic needles, feces, blood, urine, vomit, various debris, and pests, including rodents, fleas, and cockroaches. Don't risk exposing your employees or crews to infection.

From an individual temporarily residing in a tent, to large encampments in vacant buildings, these cleanups need to be handled by professionals equipped with proper training and personal protective equipment. Leave it to Bio-One, where our technicians are trained to safely remove and clean up contaminated items, and properly dispose of biohazards such as sharps and needles.

When it comes to homeless encampments, leave it to Bio-One, where our technicians are trained to safely remove and clean up contaminated items, and properly dispose of biohazards such as sharps needles. 

Bio-One is available 24/7 and each office is independently owned and operated by a member of your local community. Give us a call at (858) 261-4527

Mar 31, 2021


After seeing a post about him on Nextdoor, we decided to reach out and help Les, a 79 year old gentleman who has been living out of his car in Del Mar for the last 5 years. He loves people and being in the outdoors and is loved by many who catch up with him at a local McDonald’s he frequents. Les was recently diagnosed with skin cancer and for the last few weeks has been hospitalized chemotherapy and radiation treatment. His car is no longer functioning and he is very uncertain about where he will go after his treatment. Even with the struggles he has recently been through, Les is still friendly, kind, and sharp as a tack. 


We offered to clean out Les' car, as it has been sitting inoperable for a few months and became very full and infested with insects. We were able to retrieve and preserve a few personal belongings that Les requested, like his paperwork and clothing. We cleaned out the rest of the car, disposed of the garbage, vacuumed, and sanitized so that the car will be safe to either trade in towards another car or donate.

While we were working, we were approached by so many community members that were familiar with Les and concerned about his absence. It was very clear that he has touched many lives and is so loved by his community.


Les grew up with his step brother and sister on a farm in Pennsylvania. The farm was next to a golf course, where he found his love of golf and worked as a caddie for many years, even for some professional golfers. At 17, he drove out to California with the dream of making it in the Land and Acquisitions business. He attended Santa Ana Junior College and was briefly married to a nurse. Les then moved to Del Mar, where he enjoyed many years of success in Real Estate. He loved riding his bike all over town and walking on the beautiful beaches. Les loves the outdoors and is a sports enthusiast— he is an avid fan of the San Diego Padres! He also loves to read and has spent many afternoons at the old Borders book store and the Solana Beach Library. He lived most of his adult life in a condo right on the beach in Del Mar, which was his favorite home. Due to financial hardship, he had to put his belongings in storage and live out of his car. Sadly, after he was hospitalized, he was not able to pay for his storage unit and lost everything. 

Les collected a huge number of friends over the years due to his outgoing personality. He mentioned that he outlived most of them because of his healthy love of nature and exercise. Those we were able to speak with describe Les as extremely intelligent and full of ideas. These days, Les loves to be out and about, visit the library, and go for his favorite ice cream (Handel’s), which has been kindly delivered to him in the hospital.


We have been so taken with Les' story that we want to do more. We have set up a GoFundMe page to help Les replace his current vehicle with a reliable vehicle, get it registered, and pre-pay his insurance. We would also like to get Les a new pair of glasses and a set of dentures. Any extra money would go towards his living expenses like food and gas. Les is a well known person in the Del Mar community and has touched many lives, as people still leave food on his car for him while he has been in the hospital. He is a kind and honest man, who simply fell on some bad luck. Please help us show him that his community is here for him by following the link below to donate and share our fundraiser with your friends.

Mar 24, 2021

Disclosing death when selling a home

If buying or selling a home in San Diego County is in your future, you're likely well versed the entire process from the initial offer to closing. But are you aware that disclosing a death in the home may be required? Here's what you need to know. 

Property Disclosure Documents

No matter how perfect a house looks on the outside, there is often property information a buyer needs to disclose before the sale can go through. Property disclosure documents reveal known structural issues, neighborhood nuisances, hazards, HOA details, water damage, notable repairs made to the home and death in the home. 

Rules for reporting a death in the home vary by state, and variations in rules may include:

  • Timeframe: When the death occurred. 
  • How the person passed away: If the death occurred naturally versus due to negligence on the property.
  • Hauntings: If the seller has knowledge that the property is being haunted by the dead. 

So what are the rules in California? Here are the details:

 "In California, for example, any death on a property (peaceful or otherwise) needs to be disclosed if it occurred within the last three years. The seller must also disclose any known death in the home if the buyer asks." (source)

For a state by state guide on disclosure laws we recommend visiting this resource on

Remediating After a Death in a Home

If a death recently occurred in the home you're hoping to purchase, there may have been biohazards from bloodborne pathogens that required remediation. Consider asking the seller how the death was remediated to ensure proper steps were taken. Remediation processes may vary depending on the location of the death, how the death occurred, types of flooring, and if the death was undiscovered for days or weeks. 

Bio-One technicians are trained and equipped to properly disinfect biohazards from bloodborne pathogens, and we ensure safe biohazard material handling and disposal. Once the entire area is cleaned of blood and body fluids, we also help property owners restore the location to its pre-incident state. 

If you are selling a home and need a biohazard remediated or want to ensure remediation was done correctly, give Bio-One a call at (858) 261-4527. Our experts not only contain and disinfect the dangerous biological materials, we carry out our work in a caring and private manner. 

May 14, 2021


We were called in to help a family move their parents out of their home and downsize into an assisted living facility. We help you take care of a "huge undertaking" quickly and efficiently, while keeping your family's needs in mind. When dealing with a hoarding situation of any level, we don't just come in and throw everything away. We help the subject go through their things, help them organize what they choose to keep, and then we handle the rest! We remove the trash and follow up with a thorough cleaning so the client can return safely to their home, or leave a fresh start for the home's next tenant.

If you need help with a hoarding situation, or another biohazard, our team is available 24/7 to help you discretely, thoroughly, and with compassion. Call Bio-One of Poway at (858) 261-4527 for a free estimate.

Dec 02, 2020


If you have cats, you know they can be finicky about lots of things, including where they relieve themselves. If your cat has used the bathroom outside of it's litter box, you probably have a very specific scent in your home that has been difficult to remove. Keep reading for tips on how to remove stubborn kitty odors. 

1. For carpet, thoroughly clean the area as soon as possible. The longer the urine lingers, the worse the smell will get. Use cold water and paper towels to clean up the mess. For best results, follow up with an enzymatic cleaner. You may also use a wet vac with cool water, but don't use a steam cleaner. Finish by sprinkling a liberal amount of baking soda on the area, leaving it for an hour, and then vacuuming. 

2. For wood floors, it depends whether the wood is sealed or not. On sealed floors, mop up the urine with paper towels and follow up with a pet cleaner made for wood floors. If your wood floors aren't sealed, after mopping up the urine, pour white vinegar on the area and leave it for several minutes. Soak up the vinegar with paper towels or a dry cloth, then add vinegar again, this time, gently scrubbing it into the stain. Rinse with water, then soak up as much of the moisture as possible. You may also use an enzymatic cleaner to finish, but first, test it on a small less visible area of the floor. If this process doesn't work, you will have to sand the stain out of your floor, but sealing them will prevent this issue from happening again!

3. If your cat has found a pile of clothing or laundry to use for a litter box substitute, don't throw the clothes straight into the wash. Rinse the area with water without scrubbing. Then, soak the rinsed items in oxygen bleach (not chlorine bleach) for 2-3 hours. Then, move the clothes to soak in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. You can also place baking soda on the stain for 10 to 15 minutes. After this, you can put the clothes in the washer with cold water and no detergent. Hang dry the items to make sure the stains came out, as putting them in the dryer will set the stain and the smell.

4. If the above strategies don't work, or if you can't find the source of the smell, it might be time to call a professional company like Bio-One. A professional remediation company can find, treat, and disinfect any amount of odors from cats, other pets, or even wild animals that may have gotten in to your property. 

While it is important for your health and your comfort to find and treat any lingering cat urine odors, it is even more important to figure out why your cat isn't using its litter box. The PC term for a cat using the bathroom outside of it's box is "inappropriate elimination". Be sure that you are cleaning the box regularly, and that you have enough boxes if you have multiple cats. Your cat could also change its bathroom habits because of other changes like a new person in the home, a new type of litter, or the box being moved. If you can rule out these possibilities and your cat is still not using its box, take it to the vet for a thorough checkup, as the root of the issue could be more serious. A vet will have dealt with this issue often and be able to advise further.

Good luck removing cat urine odor from your home. Give us a call if you need help eliminating any kind of odors from your home or business!

Nov 04, 2020


Over the last few weeks, Bio-One Poway has been busy with a variety of jobs, and health has been a concern on many of our clients' minds. Bio-One uses proprietary chemicals designed to kill bacteria and blood-borne pathogens. These chemicals are so versatile and have so. many purposes. Crime scene remediation is not the only service we provide-- we too, are versatile and can serve so many purposes.

Cat urine remediation sounds almost impossible to anyone who knows the damage cat urine can bring. Using our chemicals, not only can we get rid of the smell of cat urine, but remediate the affected areas and bring the home to a safe condition, all while smelling fresh. Cat urine remediation can take a couple days, but the result is so worth it, especially if you have any family members with respiratory illnesses, like asthma. We want to give you and your family a safer place to live!

Bio-One can also remediate a home affected by C-Diff, also known as Clostridium Difficile. This infection is usually diagnosed in the elderly, or someone who has been on antibiotics for a long period of time. This infection causes the person to have diarrhea-- often times uncontrollably. Many elderly people are hospitalized with this infection multiple times. These repeat infections occur because the bacteria in the feces is alive, and it feces, or particles of it, end up on any surfaces of the home, the patient can come home from the hospital, touch those surfaces containing the live infectious bacteria, and contract the infection again. This is also dangerous for other members of the household that could touch those surfaces, as well. While the symptoms of this infection are extremely uncomfortable, they can also lead to death. These bacteria are not to be taken lightly, and a professional company, like Bio-One, can help! We carefully fog the entire home, then, using our amazing chemicals, we sanitize every surface of the home the person has, or could have, touched, making sure the recovered patient comes home to a safe environment.

We pride ourselves in our work because we are literally able to save lives. We understand how our chemicals work and we know how to use them effectively and appropriately. Without our professional-grade chemicals, we could not properly remediate and decontaminate scenes with blood, feces, or contagious bacteria. If you want something done the right way, call Bio-One!

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