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.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) April 23, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water removal and sewer clean up services in the country, is offering tips to property owners for handling sewage spills and taking proper sewer cleanup measures. Sewer water damage is the worst type of water damage that can occur, namely due to the presence of contamination such as parasites, bacteria, fungi, human waste, and other toxic substances in the sewage.
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 until the sewer cleanup operation has been completely finished. Those working in these conditions should wear proper protection, such as rubber gloves and waterproof boots, long sleeves and pants. Skin contact with sewage should be avoided. Eye protection and breathing apparatus are also recommended.
All loose items such as furniture and rugs should be removed from the area, and items submerged in sewage should be considered beyond repair and discarded. Saturated carpeting should be wrapped in plastic and taken to a sanitary landfill. Some people insist on cleaning their carpet; this should only be done by a licensed professional, someone 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 (probably more than once) 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 should be cleaned, if possible, but in many cases may 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. Mold growth can be avoided by opening windows and doors to increase circulation, and getting all surfaces dried out as soon as possible.
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.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water removal and sewer cleanup in the US, with service in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.