Sewage Cleanup Process
Sewage backup and overflow is one of the worst possible accidents that can occur in a home. This is because sewage is filthy, unpleasant and hazardous to the human health when handled carelessly. The damage that can result from the sewage backup can also be costly to fix. Due to the raw and unsanitary nature of sewage, the cleanup process should strictly be left up to professional sewage cleaning service providers.
Once you have alerted the professionals about your sewage spillage situation, you can take some precautionary measures while waiting for them to show up. One such measure is keeping children and pets well away from the mess to prevent them from catching infections. You can also move items that have not been affected by the sewage to prevent further damage to property within the home. This you will need to do while wearing a pair of protective rubber gloves on your hands as well as rubber boots on your feet. Switching off power supply sources to prevent electric shocks is also highly advisable.
The process of cleaning up sewage requires a lot of care and protective measures to prevent spread of contamination. The first step in the process is to inspect the extent of the damage. This inspection will enable the professionals to determine the amount of work and disinfectant that will be required to clean up the area completely. In large buildings, larger equipment might be needed to completely clean up the mess. Moreover, inspection will enable the professionals to determine the cause of the spillage and how to prevent it from continuing before getting down to the cleanup business.
Having established the area of the spillage, the affected items should then be carefully removed for disposal. Items that can still be salvaged will need thorough washing and disinfecting. Getting rid of the sewage water should be the next step. This can be done using pumps to suck it off the floors using the right equipment.
After draining the water, disinfecting all areas that were in contact with the dirty water should follow. Disinfection should be done using the right concentration of chemicals. This is to ensure that no harmful bacteria or contamination is left behind. The disinfection step covers including walls and the air conditioning system in case it was running when the spillage occurred. Any walls that may have had sewage water seeping through them should also be removed. Wallpaper should also be removed to allow the bare walls to be washed clean and disinfected. Removing the wallpaper will also ensure that the walls dry faster, effectively preventing further complications of mold growing in the damp walls later.
After drying all the wet areas, some post-cleanup sealant sanitizers can then be applied to ensure that opportunistic mold doesn’t grow and all traces of contamination are gone. These sealants include paint and fungicidal sprays.
Trust the Pros
Allied Restoration Co. offers the best sewage clean up services within the San Francisco area. We have the right equipment that is required to completely take out all the stagnant sewage water from your home and drain it safely. We will also dry out all the wet areas and the areas that we will wash and disinfect to prevent any structural damage to the building.
In addition, we will take photos of the damage caused by the sewage back up and take moisture measurements as we go about the clean-up process. This is very important for you to submit to your insurance company for compensation or for them to cover the cost of the repairs, as it should be. We are also on available on the phone all day every day; you can give us a call and we will promptly step in and help.