Sewage cleanup requires extra careful attention. The faster people get away from sewage spills or long-standing water, the lower the risk of disease and infection is. For some sewage spills, like a toilet overflow or a small spill, aren’t of large concern. But a professional should be called immediately if sewage covers multiple rooms, a septic tank or sewer has backed up, there are extraneous health concerns of the residents, or if the spill/flood went unnoticed and/or unattended to for over 24 hours. A professional will be better able to address the specific concerns of dealing with hazardous waste materials, and will know how to properly clean up an area so that it’s safe once more.
After the damage is inspected, classed, and categorized, it’s time for the professional to remove water with specialized pumps and vacuums. This is done promptly, as every moment that it is delayed makes way for mold and bacteria to grow.
The third step is drying the home. Specialty dehumidifiers and drying procedures are used to dry the home as much as possible. This can take weeks to fully complete.
From there, cleaning is done. Most things are thrown away, or given antimicrobial treatments at the very least. The home is sanitized to the best of the professional’s ability.
The last step is restoration, and it’s the most lengthy and most expensive step. Sometimes entire walls and systems need to be replaced, sometimes it’s just a matter of changing a rug. It really depends on the home.
There you have it! Now that you know what it takes to get your home back in tip-top shape after a flood, you’ll be better prepared and know what to expect when you call a professional to help with the process. It may seem like a lengthy process, but it’s the fastest way back to your normal life!