A home with a sewage flood can be a serious cause for concern. Not only is the situation physically messy and unpleasant, but it can also threaten the health and safety of anyone involved. No matter the flooding source, the contaminated water can contain harmful bacteria and viruses (like E. coli, salmonella, and hepatitis A) that can make you sick or even cause long-term damage to your health. Taking immediate action to prevent further damage and safeguard your well-being is important.
Health Risks of DIY Sewage Flood Cleanup
Sewage is a combination of greywater (domestic wastewater from sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers) and black water, which is the waste flushed down toilets. There are various causes of sewage backups at home, such as clogged pipes or damaged sewer lines.
It’s important to note that sewage, especially black water, contains harmful contaminants like parasites, viruses, and bacteria. Exposure to sewage without proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and following correct procedures can pose serious health risks. There is a potential of contracting diseases such as hepatitis A and encephalitis.
Another risk to consider is the growth of mold during DIY sewage cleanup. Mold exposure can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms, particularly in children and individuals with compromised immune systems. Flooding creates an ideal environment for mold growth, requiring only moisture, organic material, and optimal temperature. Mold can start growing within 24 to 48 hours after the incident.
Why Sewage Flood Cleanup Requires Professional Restoration
Water damage is a problem that worsens over time. The longer you postpone addressing standing water, the more harm it can cause to your home. Your carpets, furniture, walls, and possessions can become damaged without prompt and proper intervention.
Moreover, sewage flood restoration presents distinctive challenges and real biohazard risks. Professional restoration technicians have the necessary equipment and adhere to safety protocols and remediation techniques that homeowners might not have and know.
Here’s what professionals do to restore your property:
- Identify and address the cause of the sewage backup.
- Pump out contaminated water and remove debris.
- Sanitize the area using specialized cleaners and procedures; this helps eliminate bacteria and mold to prevent health risks and preserve the property and belongings.
- Use industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying process.
- Remove and replace damaged drywall and floors if necessary.
Call PuroClean of Downtown Miami For Your Water Damage Remediation Needs
For residential and commercial property owners, sewer-related water damage in Downtown Miami can be a stressful problem. It is not only challenging to handle but can also be extremely hazardous. The good news is that PuroClean of Downtown Miami is here to help, available round the clock with your water damage emergency. Our experienced technicians have the tools and expertise to remediate your Downtown Miami property with minimal disruptions. Feel free to contact us at (305) 907-7373 today!