Dealing With A Sewage Flood
Dealing with flood related damage is bad enough, but it
takes on a whole new level of difficulty when the flood was the result of a
sewer backup. Sewage is a breeding
ground for all manner of pathogens, disease causing agents found in the form of
bacteria, viruses, mold spores, all of which are present in large numbers in
sewage wastes. It is always advisable to
commence flood and water damage cleanup operations immediately following the
event, but even more so when sewage is one of the prime issues.
The most important steps are to restore the area to a dry
state and salvage any valuable property.
If sewer wastes are allowed to remain in the home for additional lengths
of time, the greater the risk for health issues and irreparable damage to your
Take proper safety precautions when dealing with sewage
based flood damage. Always wear protective
gloves, eyewear, and boots. Avoid direct
skin contact with sewage material, especially around face and eyes.
Protect and beware of any cuts and scrapes. The easiest way for bacteria to enter your
system is through an already open wound.
Wash and disinfect any wound that comes into contact with sewage waste.
Excess water should be removed using submersible pumps or wet-dry
vacs. All solid waste should be
collected and disposed of, and all upholstered furniture and mattresses should
be thrown out. Other furniture should be
washed with a detergent solution, disinfected, and allowed to dry.
To insure proper treatment of sewage infected water damage,
you should contact your local water damage cleanup company. Certified by the IICRC, these companies offer
24/7 service, with the ability to handle all aspects of your water damage and
sewage cleanup needs. Call today for a
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