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A Sewage Backup Carries More Risk Than A Stink
It doesn’t matter if you have a faucet or bathtub with running water or a toilet that flushes, you need some kind of sewage management. Urban and even suburban areas usually deal with this by having a centralized sewer network. More isolated areas have septic tanks, but the issue remains; used water needs to go somewhere, and sewage management is the solution.
However, as with anything else, sewage management is not guaranteed to run perfectly, forever. Sometimes things go wrong. But if there’s a problem with sewage, it can raise unexpected threats for the property owners and the people on that property.
Not Just Water
Sewage flooding or backup can occur for different reasons, but the chief result is that the water that should be leaving a home or commercial building is instead spilling out onto the property. This may be elsewhere on the property itself, or it can back up all the way back to various sources, such as toilets or grates in a basement.
Wastewater from a home or commercial building has many different compounds in it. On the mild side, wastewater may just include soap or shampoo from washing and bathing. On the more dangerous side, chemicals poured down a drain or human and animal waste such as urine and excrement return to a building exposed and untreated.
The Risk of Sewage
The obvious negative of wastewater backing up onto a property or flooding an area is the smell. It’s immediate and unpleasant. However, the most significant risk that wastewater presents to people on a property is its health threat. Human and animal waste are highly virulent, carrying a suite of different germs and bacteria that may be infectious. The contagion can transmit various ways, from physical contact to inhaling the particles themselves, so they lodge in the lungs.
Beyond this, the water itself can also pose a longer-term risk by creating an environment suitable for mold infestation. Once they’ve found a dark, wet climate, certain types of mold can cause a number of illnesses, including respiratory infections, heart conditions, and even cerebral or neurological disorders.
Proper Precautions For Cleaning Up Sewage
Cleaning up sewage, especially if it’s a flood or backup, is not something that can be easily or quickly done. It takes preparation and, perhaps most important of all, proper protection. You can’t just wade into a pool of sewage with a sponge or paper towel and start wiping things up. Without taking appropriate measures, people who clean up sewage can become infected and transmit that infection to others.
In addition, mold prevention also requires some special measures. It’s not enough to simply wipe a surface clean so that no dirt is visible. Mold spores must be extensively treated in an environment to prevent them from growing back and reinfesting an area. All of this requires special training and equipment from a team of professionals.
If you need professional help with cleaning a sewage flood or back up, we can help. Emergency Restoration Specialists have over 30 years of experience right here in Cudahy, serving the Milwaukee area. Contact us for a prompt, professional response.