Sewage based water damage is the worst type that can occur, namely due to the presence of contaminates such as parasites, bacteria, fungi, human waste, and other toxic substances.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) January 30, 2014
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water removal and sewer cleanup services in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on the proper techniques when handling sewage spills and taking proper precautions during sewer cleanup. Sewage based water damage is the worst type that can occur, namely due to the presence of contaminates such as parasites, bacteria, fungi, human waste, and other toxic substances.
Utmost care is to be taken when dealing with any sort of sewage cleanup, since the danger to health and personal safety is so great. Children and pets should be kept out of the area, and those working under these conditions should wear proper protection, such as rubber gloves and waterproof boots, long sleeves and pants. Eye protection and breathing apparatus are also recommended. Skin contact with sewage should be avoided.
All loose items such as furniture and rugs should be removed from the area; any and all items submerged in sewage should be considered beyond repair and discarded. Saturated carpets and rugs should be wrapped in plastic and taken to a sanitary landfill. Any carpet cleaning should only be done by a licensed professional, one who can make an accurate determination of whether or not the carpet may be salvaged.
All hard surfaces such as flooring and metal furniture will need to be cleaned with hot water and a mild detergent, and then rinsed with a bleach solution. The surface should be allowed to air dry.
Any upholstered items should, in most cases, be discarded. It is far easier and less expensive to simply replace them. Plaster and drywall that have been saturated by sewage may be cleaned, but in most cases will need to be cut away and replaced.
Sinks, dishwashers, and plumbing fixtures that have been exposed to sewage should be cleaned with the hot water/detergent mix, and then rinsed with bleach. Any unsealed food should definitely be thrown out. Some sealed or canned goods may be saved; the complete discarding of all food items is suggested in order to avoid the possibility of illness or other problems as the result of contaminated food.
Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration and mold remediation services in the US, with providers in 30 states, 24/7 availability, and same day emergency service. They are certified by the Clean Trust (IICRC) and Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.