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Drain and Sewage Backup, Cleanup, Response
A sewer backup is an unfortunate and hazardous situation that requires a prompt and precise response to reduce damage, but more importantly to prevent health problems.
Service Master frequently receives inquiries from residents in Boulder, Co and surrounding north Denver, CO metro areas about health and safety concerns related to sewage exposure and cleanup.
Sewage Back-Ups Restoration Needing Professional Help
Since we’ve performed quite a few water restoration jobs over the years due to sewage back-ups. This information below may be helpful for those who are unsure of what to do or whether or not they need professional help when they experience sewage damage in their home or business.
ServiceMaster of Boulder County encourages all our Colorado customers and clients to check with their insurance companies in regards to insurance coverage for sewer backups.
This can be a tricky area and we would encourage you to find out what you are covered for and what may not be covered so in the unfortunate event you do have a sewage back-up, you’ll be one step ahead of the game.
Sewer Backup: Why Immediate Action is Critical
First and foremost we recommend immediate action!
It’s important to understand the composition of sewage contaminated water, flowing from toilets, open floor drains and other sources.
The liquid involved is classified under Category 3 — the worst classification — due to its unsanitary nature. Human body fluids and waste along with other organic matter harbor viral and bacterial disease-causing organisms, such as E. coli. This poses a health risk when either direct or indirect contact occurs.
Illness can result from direct contact with sewage waste and water through the skin, eyes, nose and mouth, particularly during the cleanup process if it’s not done correctly. Indirect contact occurs through the use of items such as clothing, toys, furniture and fixtures that have not been adequately cleaned and disinfected after a sewer backup.
Infections, skin rashes and gastrointestinal illness are the most common ailments from sewage exposure.
What is the Severity of the Health Hazard?
The answer depends on several factors:
• The amount and content of waste in the water
• The extent of the area affected
• The degree of penetration into household materials and contents
• The length of exposure to contaminants.
Incidentally, these factors also determine the course of action taken to control damage to the home and contents after a sewer backup.
In situations where a limited amount of sewage overflows from a toilet to a tiled floor and it is confined to a small area, the health threat and risk of damage to property is minimal. On the other hand, flooding and sewage can come from the main line located in the outside sewer system, disperse widely and penetrate porous contents, structures and materials in a home. In this situation occupants are exposed to a serious health risk and significant damage to their property.
Another health concern is the wet and humid conditions caused by flooding from a sewer backup. This damp environment supports and advances mold growth which cause or worsen allergies and asthma. Proper drying methods and equipment utilized during the remediation process inhibit mold colonies from forming.
The importance of acting fast cannot be overstated — remediation must begin as soon as possible!
To ensure a home and its contents are properly cleaned, disinfected and dried after a sewer backflow, Service Master follows and recommends the standards set by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Residents of Boulder, Co and the entire north Denver metro area can feel confident and rest assured that their property will be restored to a safe and healthy environment.
For further questions concerning the restoration process due to sewage backup contact us at Service Master of Boulder 303-529-7268.