Sewage backup or overflow into the living space poses serious health threats to occupants of the building. These are the most serious threats possible from water damage situations. It is unfortunate that most people only think of exposure to sewage is a smelly nuisance. They do not understand the hazards, especially to children, elderly residents, or those with deficiencies in their immune system, that sewage holds. Immediate sewage cleanup NJsewage removal and sewage extraction are vital to protect the health of anyone in the building. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) mentions these facts in order to clear up current myths about water damage that includes sewage.

Myth Number One – Sewage from oceans, large lakes or rivers is clean.

Water from these places contains the same microorganisms and bacteria as sewage found in the home. In addition, this type of sewage contains pesticides and chemical pollutants picked up from water the sewage was mixed with outside the home or office building. When this type of sewage becomes trapped inside walls, in carpets or under floor coverings, it only takes a few minutes to become a smelly and serious health hazard. To protect the health of any building occupant immediate sewage cleanup NJsewage removal and sewage extraction are vitally important.

Myth Number Two – Chlorine bleach can be used to decontaminate sewage.

Bleach is a remedy but because it is almost immediately chemically inactivated by sewage, it is not an effective remedy. Dead microorganisms of fungi and bacteria may still contain chemicals that cause health problems, especially allergic reaction. To protect the health of building occupants immediate and thorough sewage cleanup NJ followed by application of strong disinfectants, sewage removal and sewage extraction are vitally important.

Myth Number Three – Carpets soaked in water containing sewage can be saved.

This is one of the most dangerous myths about sewage. Any porous material, including that found in carpeting, carpet pads, upholstery, bedding, items made with or containing paper and any type of fabric that cannot be washed in hot water must be disposed of in a safe manner.

Myth Number Four – Buildings partially flooded with sewage are safe.

This can only be correct when contaminated areas can be sealed from other areas. If any cross contamination has occurred or can reoccur the statement is dangerously incorrect. Even if water has subsided inside the building, areas that had water damage containing sewage is just as contaminated as any other area within the building.

In any of the cases described by these myths, immediate sewage cleanup NJsewage removal and sewage extraction by water damage services specialists following the IICRC S-500 standard for water damage restoration is vitally important.

Procedures required to achieve safe and effective restoration of flooded and water damaged interior portions of buildings are determined by comparison to important standard categories, which define damage incurred. These categories guide insurance adjusters and restoration contractors to the proper remedial steps necessary. These water damage categories for any water damage situation are as follows.

Category One – Clean Water

water damage event is category one when the water present came from broken water supply pipes, bathtub or sink overflows, appliance leakage due to malfunction, falling rainwater, broken toilet tanks and toilet bowl overflows that contained no sewage or backup.

Category Two – Gray Water

Gray water is unsanitary water, which contains contamination to some degree. Some examples of gray water are dishwater overflows, washing machine overflows, broken aquarium tanks, and newly filled waterbed flooding. The longer gray water contamination is allow to continue within a building the worse the damage will be. Time and ambient temperature both are important factors to consider.

Category Three – Black Water

Black water is terribly unsanitary because of contamination from large quantities of sewage entering a structure. Black water also includes all forms of ground surface water coming from rivers or streams that have overflowed their banks. Seawater intrusion caused by storms and tidal surges is also categorized as black water. All instances of sewage overflow, sewage drainage backup or pipe damage coming into a building is black water damage. In situations where structural building components or contents have been contaminated with pesticides, heavy metals or any type of toxic organic substances, the water damage is categorized as black water damage.

If you have encountered any of these unfortunate categories of water damage the proper thing to do is initiate the drying process immediately, perform professional water damage cleanup and antibacterial sanitization immediately. The faster action is taken to greater recovery and future use of the building structure and sub-structure can be assured.