Water damage is one thing, and flooding is something else, but when the water damage or flooding is the result of sewage spills or backups, the problem takes on a whole new level. Not just damage to property, but the threat of physical injury and disease becomes a problem as well. A sewer backup problem can be the source of serious health threats and as such requires prompt clean up and disinfection in order to return the damaged area to a condition that is safe for habitation by people and pets.
Why is sewage based flooding so dangerous? Well, water damage is dangerous in its own right, with its ability to cause both immediate and long term damage coupled with the proliferation of mold and other toxins if not promptly and thoroughly cleaned up. Sewage adds a new element to the mix, namely that of high contaminants, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are commonly found in sewage material. Most of this is very dangerous to humans that are exposed to it or who inadvertently ingest it.
Sewage is also commonly referred to as Category 3 Water or “Black Water”, and is defined as water that is highly contaminated at the source and may cause serious illness or even death if exposed to humans and animals. A backed up sewer system or malfunctioning toilet can cause sewage to flood your home, presenting a serious hazard for those who are living there.
Water damage is often beyond the ability of most homeowners to properly remediate, and sewage is no exception. The dangers and risks are simply too great. For this reason, the professionals at 24/7 Water Restoration are recommended, as they have the skills and tools necessary to facilitate a fast, efficient cleanup designed to remove the sewage and properly cleanse and disinfect the damaged area. Many surfaces are porous which means a simple cleaning will not suffice. They must be deep cleaned in order to make sure that any and all leftover organisms or viruses have been eliminated. Only a professional grade cleaning can guarantee the results that you want.
Many people wonder about individual items that have been damaged by sewage. While it may be possible to clean and salvage some of these items, in most cases it is easier and less expensive to simply throw them out and replace them. The exception would be valuable heirlooms or other possessions that have considerable sentimental or monetary value, in which case they should be entrusted to someone with experience in the restoration of those items.
Sewage based flooding carries with it all of the same problems associated with water damage, such as long term structural damage due to the rotting of wood and rusting of metal, the proliferation of mold and other toxins in the aftermath (mold appears even faster following sewage based problems than it does following regular water and flood problems), and the fact that the water will continue to wreak havoc and cause damage until it has been removed and every affected surface properly treated. Add to that the threat posed by sewage borne viruses, parasites, fungi, bacteria, and other elements and you have the most serious water damage problem that your home or business can face.
Remember, it is never enough to simply dry up the water. All affected surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized (in some cases more than once) before the area is safe for human habitation. Individual items must be addressed one by one. Textile based items such as mattresses and clothing should be thrown out (granted, you could probably clean out a sewage drenched shirt and wear it, but who would want to?). Likewise, books and photographs damaged by sewage should be thrown out.
It is impossible to underestimate the threat posed by sewage based water damage, since the damage to the property is only compounded by the threat to your health and that of your loved ones. Only prompt treatment, removal of the water, and disinfection of the area can serve to return your home to a habitable condition.
For all of your water damage repair and remediation issues, contact the professionals at 24/7 Water Restoration. Certified by the Clean Trust, they are available and ready to handle all of your water, mold, or fire damage restoration needs. Call for a free estimate. We can have a technician on your doorstep within the hour, ready to assess your needs and begin the cleanup and restoration process.
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Thank you to 24/7 Water Restoration for quickly coming to our house and cleaning up the water damage in our basement from a burst pipe. Their technicians were extremely professional and polite. Their quick response reduced the risks of mold setting in and causing even more damage and potential allergies and health concerns for our son. Thank you for your outstanding service!Karen