Sewer Backups Part 2: Action Steps
According to IICRC S500 Standard 3rd Edition, there are over 120 different viruses that can be excreted in human feces and urine and find their way into sewage:
“These can include Rotavirus, causing severe and sometimes life-threatening diarrhea in children, Adenoviruses, causing respiratory and eye infections, and Norovirus, a significant cause of gastric flu or stomach flu. There are highly infectious parasitic agents like Giardia and Cryptosporidium that can cause chronic and severe intestinal diseases in both children and adults. Bacterial pathogens in sewage can include Salmonella, Shigella and Escherichia coli. These gram-negative organisms contain endotoxins that are released at the time of cell death and destruction. Endotoxins can cause respiratory inflammation, airway restriction, create the potential allergic and infectious disease responses and when inhaled they may adversely influence the central nervous system.“
If you experience a sewer backup, here are the steps that you should take.
Call your city’s Sewer Maintenance Division and ask them to check the public lines to ensure that they are not blocked.
Call a Professional Plumber to have the sewer line cleared.
Clean up the area. We recommend that you call a professional Disaster Recovery Service like Got Mold? because we have the protective gear and equipment to clean up the area properly. The key to preventing excessive mold growth is to remove all the water and begin drying out the area using air movers and dehumidifiers. Most importantly, all contaminated material must be either disinfected or removed permanently. If you begin the clean up process yourself, we strongly advise the use of rubber gloves, boots, protective clothing, and a respirator.
Call your insurance provider within 24 hours of the sewer backup to begin the claim process.
It is very important that you act quickly on the steps above to minimize property and health damage from a sewer backup. The first 48 hours are crucial.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
— Got #Mold? (@gotmoldglobal) March 29, 2012