Sewage Cleanup and Restoration
When we think of water, we think of a pipe bursting or tub overflowing – this is what we consider clean water – water that is not typically contaminated with viruses and bacteria that create health effects. Clean water can, if left too long can begin to create mold, but is rarely the primary transmission source of dangerous viruses or bacteria.
What we do not often consider is what happens when contaminated water can cause health effects. This is known as black water. These flooding and leak events bring harmful microorganisms into the house. These black water intrusions must be cleaned up comprehensively with appropriate machinery. Toilet leaks (with fecal matter), sewage backups and overflow from rivers and streams can all cause health effects.
The priority in situations such as these is to a) stop the source of the leakage, b) remove the contaminated water from the premises and c) disinfect what’s left. In some cases, homeowners believe that consumer equipment and disinfectants are sufficient to eliminate the issue, but often they are not. A professional clean-up service such as the one offered by SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh can ensure that the structure is safe to occupy.
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There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Bellmore / Wantagh will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.
The three types of contaminated water:
Category 1: "Clean Water"
This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.
- Water from a clean source like a broken water line
- If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3
Category 2: "Gray Water"
This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
- May contain bacteria and viruses
- Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated
Category 3: "Black Water"
This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
- May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
- Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
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Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.