The Truth About Sewage
Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances that can enter buildings. Unfortunately, people don’t understand the hazards it creates, particularly for small children, the elderly and those with immune system and/or respiratory problems. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers these facts to dispel some typical myths.
- Myth #1 – Coming from oceans, lakes or rivers makes it clean. This water contains contaminants such as microorganisms, bacteria and pesticides. Trapped inside walls or under floor coverings, it doesn’t take long to become a “smelly” health hazard.
- Myth #2 – Chlorine bleach decontaminates it. While bleach is a remedy, it’s quickly inactivated. Even dead fungi and bacteria may contain chemicals that cause an allergic response. Affected areas should be cleaned thoroughly, followed by appropriate disinfectant application.
- Myth #3 – Saturated carpets can be “saved”. Absolutely not! Porous materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper goods, or fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water, must be disposed of safely.
- Myth #4 – Partially sewage-flooded buildings are safe. Not unless contaminated areas can be sealed off to prevent cross-contamination of other areas. Only trained professionals using specialized equipment are qualified to restore sewage damage.
Complete cleaning and decontamination by a professional following the IICRC S-500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration is important. To find an IICRC-Certified Firm, visit www.iicrc.org or call (800) 835-4624.
Better Life Restoration is an IICRC certified firm and follows the standards outlined in the IICRC S-500 Standard for Professional Water & Sewer Damage Restoration.