Why Sewage Is Harder to Clean Up Than You Think

Professional Sewage Damage and Sewage Backup Maryland and Washington DC

Regardless of what area of Maryland or Washington DC or any state in the United States you are in, sewage backups are dangerous and repulsive. While you can attempt to do the clean-up yourself, there are health hazards and risks to consider

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Sewage damage victims often do not realize that cleaning up the damage with sanitizer is not enough to clean and disinfect your home or office. Disease carrying sewage can easily hide in areas such as drywall, carpeting, furniture, clothes and other porous items.

As recently as twenty years ago, insurance companies believed that carpeting could be cleaned and sanitized after sewage damage. The thought process was that the steam from a carpet cleaning machine combined with a disinfectant would kill any diseases that sewage and sewer water carried. However, it was realized that there was no guarantee that the areas inside of the fibers and in between the secondary and primary layers of the carpet were completely disinfected. Once it was recognized that carpet cleaning was not a guarantee of decontamination, it became standard policy that carpet must be removed and disposed of.

Drywall presents another problem. Like carpeting, drywall easily absorbs liquids. Sewage absorbed drywall creates not only mold growth, but can distribute communicable diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS. This is why it is vital to remove all infected drywall! Furniture and clothing pose similar challenges. These items absorb liquids they come into contact with and it is virtually impossible to guarantee decontamination.

The question then becomes how to remove the carpet, drywall and personal items without sewage splashing in your nose, mouth and eyes. Without training and experience, the chance of breaking skin and infecting a person becomes a very real possibility. As well, most citizens do not realize that is against certain state laws to dispose of sewage contaminated materials through your regular trash. Sewage is a biohazard material and thus MUST be discarded properly to prevent legal liability.

Many homeowners believe that the sewage backing up in their home is their own sewage from their own system. That belief is false as sewage from the man line leading to their home actually comes from other homes as well. Although people believe that their neighbors are good people, there are those neighbors that choose lifestyles that involve deadly diseases. Those diseases may flow into a home that has a sewage back up issue.

That is why it is crucial to hire a licensed and certified bio-hazard clean-up company when faced with a sewage problem in your home or office. They will come to your location in full protective gear, follow IICRC guidelines as well as all state and local laws. OSHA also has strict guidelines for cleaning up sewage in your home. This not only alleviates your legal responsibility, but keeps you and your family, tenants, employees, co-workers, etc. safe and protected!

So when faced with a sewage back in a home or business, realize there are many additional factors when cleaning up sewage back ups. Always remember to be safe when dealing with sewage and remember that sewage is a bio hazard material.

If you need Sewage Cleanup help, please call SI Restoration at the phone number at the top of the page or use our contact form for any non-emergency.

About Author: Jeff Cohn
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