Unexpected water emergencies can wreak havoc on your home and property. Whether it’s a pipe break, overflow from your washing machine or dishwasher, or an unexpected flood – time is of the essence when trying to minimize your losses.
Once the damage is assessed, a team begins the water clean up and removal process. This includes extracting standing water, repairing structural damage and clearing away any debris.
Sewage backup is a serious issue that can cause extensive property damage, spread disease-causing bacteria and other contaminants, as well as create unpleasant odors which must be eradicated completely.
Fortunately, sewer backup can be avoided with regular maintenance and cleaning of drains. This includes regularly clearing out toilets and discarding any solid objects that do not decompose naturally.
If you find yourself facing a sewage leak or flood, contact a professional for cleanup services as soon as possible. Depending on the extent of the damage, this could involve pumping out contaminated water, identifying where the waste originated and cleaning and disinfecting the affected area.
Sewage not only contains human waste and other byproducts, but it also harbors harmful organisms like viruses, bacteria and fungi that can lead to illness and other health complications. A sewer clean up company specialized in these hazardous situations and is knowledgeable about cleaning, disinfecting and restoring properties.
Water Damage Cleanup
Water damage can be a terrifying experience for homeowners. Leaking pipes, broken roofs, overflowing tubs – whatever the cause – can quickly destroy your home’s belongings as well as its structural integrity.
Water can be contaminated with dangerous bacteria, viruses and fungi. These can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, headaches, nausea/vomiting, coughing, shortness of breath and other health problems.
Preventing these issues begins with swift cleanup and removal of affected items after a flood or other form of water damage. Doing this will help minimize mold growth and the spread of diseases in the area.
Once all affected items have been taken away and cleaned up, it’s essential to thoroughly dry the area and disinfect it. Doing this helps reduce the growth of bacteria, mold and fungi that could otherwise develop in the space.
Mold can grow rapidly in a home that has been flood by excess water, potentially leading to allergic reactions and health problems such as asthma. That is why it’s so important to address the problem promptly and get it cleaned up.
Mold is more than just an inconvenience; it can wreak havoc on your home’s structure and insulation, decreasing its value significantly and impacting energy efficiency levels.
The initial step in cleaning up a moldy mess is to isolate the affected area and prevent airborne spores from entering other parts of your home. Close doors and windows to avoid cross contamination.
For mold control, mix no more than 1 cup (8 ounces) of household laundry bleach per gallon of water and wear protective equipment such as goggles and gloves.
From the affected area, remove all wet and moldy materials such as drywall, insulation, wallpaper, carpeting, furniture and fabrics. Place these in plastic bags that are at least 6 mil thick; double-bag them and tie them closed to prevent airborne mold spores from dispersing.
Water flooding your home can potentially contain sewage from overflowed or burst sewer lines, which is a serious concern if you have children or pets living in the house.
When cleaning up after a spill, wear rubber boots and gloves to keep your hands free of contamination. Additionally, you may need to don a face mask in case there are airborne contaminants such as mold that need to be addressed.
Once the water has been eliminated, use a sanitizing product to wipe down all hard surfaces such as walls, flooring and ceilings. Finally, make sure everything is thoroughly dried.
Once the house has been cleaned and dried, remove all contaminated materials from the home. This includes drywall, insulation and wood paneling which should all be taken down at least 50 centimeters (20 inches) above the high-water line.
Once this step is complete, discard any ruined items. This includes anything that has been submerged in water for more than 48 hours or that was contaminated with sewer water.
If you need water cleanup and water removal in the Phoenix, AZ metro surrounding nearby areas contact Rocky Mountain Restoration for help.