Not only does sewage damage leave behind a big, smelly mess, it also presents some pretty serious risks. Teaming with bacteria and harmful pathogens, sewage is grossly contaminated and should not be handled without the correct training, equipment, and practices. Here is what All Brite wants you to understand if sewage backs up into your home in Gilford.
Contaminated Water Is A Major Health Hazard
There are three classifications of contaminated water:
- Category 1 Water – The least contaminated water, and is actually considered ‘clean water.’
- Category 2 Water – Termed ‘gray water’ because it does contain some level of harmful substances and bacteria.
- Category 3 Water – Also called ‘black water’ because of the very high level of contamination.
Sewage is considered Category 3 Water, and can cause serious illness and even death if ingested. Contact with this type of water can lead to a number of health problems, and can cause serious infections.
Black water comes from sources where water contamination is highly likely, such as flooding from rivers and streams, overflow from the toilet bowl containing feces, water from beyond the toilet trap, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. Category 3 Water damage, specifically sewage damage, is the most destructive to homes and properties because of all the dangers it presents.
Pathogenic, fungal, and viral contaminations are all major risks associated with sewage damage in your home. Keep you, and your family, protected from sewage damage. Since proper protection, equipment, and sanitizing techniques are required to make your home’s environment safe again, you should never try to handle sewage damage repair on your own.
While waiting for a sewage damage repair crew to arrive, here are some things you can do to keep you and your family safe from contaminated water:
- Keep children and pets away from the affected area.
- Stop the further spread of contamination by keeping the area contained as best as possible.
- Be sure to use personal protective equipment such as facemasks, rubber gloves and boots, and impervious coveralls if you have to go into the area, but it is best practice to avoid going into the area until professionals arrive.
- Turn off all electrical power to your home and affected area.
- Turn off the water supply and any running water into the home or area.
- DO NOT use the HVAC unit to ventilate the area because that can spread microbes through the air.
- If possible, open windows in the affected area to get airflow.
- Do not touch or handle any items that may be affected.
- Call a restoration company right away.
24/7 Sewage Damage Repair Company In Gilford
With 24/7 emergency services, All Brite Cleaning and Restoration in Gilford is ready to help whenever sewage damage occurs. We specialize in sewage damage repair and cleanup, and have trained technicians who know what precautions need to be taken when dealing with this sort of contaminated damage. Sewage damage cleanup and repair is risky and dangerous and requires specialized training and strict health and safety procedures, so do not try to go at it alone.