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DIY dangers: Sewage clean up
What causes sewage spills?
A sewage problem can start at home accidentally because of different reasons. According to ΑΠΟΦΡΑΞΕΙΣ ΑΘΗΝΑ The most common cause is flooding, which leads to liquid waste from other sources being carried into the home.
The other reason may be caused by a sewage backup in the system. When the pipes are clogged, for example, the sewage will start seeping back into the house instead of flowing away.
Another cause for sewage spills in the house is overflow of excessive liquid waste from the designated storage area.
This is common in homes that are located in towns with poor urban planning, when the sewer system cannot cater for all the waste released. Lastly, it may simply be a case of bad plumbing, where a pipe has burst and it is leaking sewage into the house instead of carrying it away.
When there is a spill in the house, the environment can be highly uncomfortable and toxic to stay in. That is why the sewage needs to be cleaned away immediately. A key step is also to take measures that ensure the scenario will not repeat itself in the future.
For the clean-up process, a home owner can either do it themselves or call an expert to come and clear the mess.
A do-it-yourself process will usually involve rather basic clean-up steps, and will most likely not be enough to prevent future leaks. It simply involves putting on some protective wear first, like gloves and working boots. One can also add a face mask to reduce inhalation of contaminated air.
Next, the person can use a simple wet vacuum to clear up the spill and dry the area. Lastly, experts advise that all the tools and materials used be cleaned and disinfected, including the clothes one was wearing.
Sewage clean-up dangers
Cleaning sewage up through the DIY process comes with very many hazards.
First of all, one is exposed to the sewage, and all the harmful micro-organisms it contains. These include bacteria, fungi, and viruses of all kinds. Some of them, like E. Coli, are known to cause severe illnesses that can be fatal. Using physical barriers like gloves may not effectively prevent the spread of these germs.
Another risk is that most DIY processes do not involve fixing the original problem in the first place.
For example, a sewage spill caused by blocked pipes will recur in the future, unless a professional comes in to fix the problem once and for all. Sewage can also seep into crevices and other hidden spaces especially if it has sat in the house for some time.
Unless one is a professional, they can easily miss this and leave the spaces dirty. In the future, this brings up problems like mould infestation, bacteria, damage to the floor or the walls, and so forth.
Fixing this subsequent damage will be costly, and might only be done after the sewage residue has sat in the house for too long.
Professional clean-up alternative
Instead of choosing to do the cleaning without any professional help, it is wise for all home owners to hire a sewage company to do the job. Not only do they have the relevant experience, they also have equipment that will clear the overflow thoroughly.
For example, they have sewage detectors that can pinpoint exactly how far through the house the sewage has spread. That way, they leave no unwanted remains behind.
They also have protective wear that does a much better job at keeping off germs, than simple household equipment. With any luck, the home owner might even find that such accidents are covered by their house insurance, meaning that they will not have to pay for the process out of their own accounts. Sewage clean-up charges range from $2000 to $10000, depending on the size of the area to be cleaned.
The professional process
First, the cleaning company will start by assessing how far the sewage has spread, using UV light or infrared equipment to see through hidden areas like wall. Next, they will pump out the sewage, taking care not to miss any areas.
They also use air scrubbers to filter out contaminated air in the room from the clean air. After that, they dry the room and get rid of any property that cannot be salvaged from the sewage or sanitized to remove germs.
Lastly, they disinfect the room to get rid of any germs left behind.
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