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Sewage Damage Restoration

Sewage back flows are a severe health threat to indoor environments and also to the people who reside in them.  It can particularly affect small children, the elderly, and those with immune system or respiratory problems.  The longer the contamination continues to persist, the greater the potential for microbial development.

These are some of the disease causing organisms in sewage:

  • Hepatitis A > Respiratory Disease
  • Bacteria > Bacillary Dysentery
  • Salmonella > Balontidiasis

The institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers these facts to dispel some typical myths:

Myth # 1
Sewage from oceans, lakes or rivers is clean. This water contains contaminants such as microorganisms, bacteria and pesticides. Trapped inside walls or under floor coverings, it doesn’t take long to become a “smelly” health hazard.

Myth #2
Sewage-saturated carpets can be “saved.” Absolutely not! Porous materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper goods, or fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water, must be disposed of safely.

Myth #3
Partially sewage-flooded buildings are safe. Not unless contaminated areas can be sealed off to prevent cross-contamination of other areas. Only trained professionals using specialized equipment are qualified to restore sewage damage