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Why Sewage Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving
When it comes to water damage, nothing wrecks a home or business quite like sewage based spills. Worse, many property owners mistakenly believe that simply drying up the spill, like you would with any other water problem, will eliminate the issue altogether. This is not so. Sewage brings with it a number of health hazards that must be considered.
Cleaning up the sewage spill is not a one step proposition, since sewage carries diseases that may easily become a part of the drywall, carpeting, furniture, clothes, and other porous items found in the home.
Up until about twenty years ago, many providers and insurance companies believed that carpeting could be salvaged even after exposure to sewage, as long as the cleaning and disinfecting procedure was a thorough one. It was believed that steam cleaning combined with a disinfectant would be enough to kill any potential disease carrying organisms. Unfortunately, the truth is that no amount of cleaning can fully guarantee that all dangerous microorganisms have been completely eliminated. With that in mind, the standard procedure for handling carpet that has been exposed to sewage is to dispose of it.
Drywall presents a similar problem as it too is able to absorb liquids. Sewage that is absorbed into drywall can and will cause problems with mold, and may very well transmit diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS. For these reasons alone it is important to remove all affected drywall, as well as throwing out all furniture and clothing that have been exposed to sewage water.
Of course the removal and disposal of these items can be tricky in and of itself, what with the very real threat of water splashing in eyes and getting into your system through scrapes, blisters, or other wounds. Many people experience this simply due to a lack of experience and knowledge when it comes to proper care and handling of these types of items. Sewage is a biohazard material and must be handled by a professional in order to make sure that there are no subsequent health related issues.
You must also remember that the sewage that comes into your home is not just a backup of your own personal sewer lines, but rather those of the surrounding homes, which means that you are getting to know your neighbors better than you ever thought you could! This may also mean that there are other types of diseases present.
Obviously, cleaning up sewage based spills is never as simple as just wiping up the excess. No, there is far more involved, and if you want to make sure that your home or business is safe, then you need to hire the services of a sewage damage restoration company who is able to handle the largest water and sewage spills, both commercial and residential.