DO IT YOURSELF DANGERS
Some assume they are equipped to take upon the responsibility of cleaning the mess up themselves. Fear of cost may discourage some to consider professional help. Action Extraction Inc. is aware that being self-sufficient is a virtue; however, as resourceful one may be, it is impossible for the untrained to know the stringent and necessary guidelines of category 3 cleaning. Bleach is not a safe or effective solution to eliminate sewage waste and cleaning that does not address the contaminated air will still allow infection to remain.
There are unfortunately numerous stories of families that fight sicknesses for many weeks after they have had a sewer backup. Through doctors recommendations a hygienist is called out who discovers through testing the air is crawling with air borne germs that were never removed from the air.
This is avoided when a professional restoration company is used. Even with the best water restoration tips, an evaluation from a professional is a good choice.
Wet drywall is especially at risk. if exposed to sewage water, will release myco toxins that are very dangerous to inhale
Sewer Water + Good Intentions + Incorrect Cleaning = Health Risks
THE CLEAN UP PROCESS
Sewage removal with professional truck-mount extraction equipment is critical. Using bleach to wipe fecal matter and urine only force contamination deeper into surfaces. High pressure vertical extraction with pressurized steam is necessary to entirely remove waste from the setting it has contaminated.
Sterilizing affected areas immediately with anti-fungal agents after waste is removed is essential. We apply plant based anti-microbials that are EPA approved and formulated to destroy the germs present in sewer water, while being abundantly safe for occupants in the home.
Evaluating contents to decide what items must be disposed of and which may be safely restored is a matter of experience and training we take very seriously. Items such as linens, mattresses, carpet, pad, stuffed animals, drywall and wood base molding are porous and cannot be restored and disposal of such items is essential. Saving these articles will always release contaminates into the air such as endotoxins and pose a danger to human health.
Testing building materials like carpeting, drywall, cabinets, etc. is often an overlooked facet of the cleaning process. Visual inspection alone will not reveal what is wet; specialty moisture analyzers sensitive to the presence of water are esential to indicate what materials are actually wet needing the attention of service.
Removing contaminated materials must be done to assure the environment has successfully been serviced. If there exist a company that suggest such items as drywall, carpet, pad or wood base moldings can be saved they are not a certified firm! It is forbiden to save anything absorbent and directely contradicts the Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration S-500. Page 11 section 18.104.22.168
Installing a HEPA air filtration system along with an approved drying method is the last step in the cleaning process. We use industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to eradicate moisture from the environment making it impossible for the amplification of microbial growth and offensive odors.
Dos and Don’ts
Call Action Extraction 24/7
Close off doors; turn off AC or furnace and all fans.
Open windows, wash hands thoroughly & stay clear of contaminated areas.
Breathe air directly without a face mask if possible
Attempt to sanitize with household cleaners & disinfectants that are not effective
Save any stuffed animal toys or porous items that have had contact with water
Let any company that is not a registered certified firm in you home.
Absorbent materials that must be disposed
FACT: Sewer water carries harmful disease causing microorganisms that must be removed from the home environment.
||Sewer water contains microorganisms and most absorbent materials that come into contact with water must be removed from the home. Examples of highly absorbent materials that cannot be safely restored: Pillows, stuffed animals, mattresses, upholstery, boxes, paper. WARNING: Any company that attempts to save any of the items listed above is in direct contradiction to the Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration S-500. Page 11 section 22.214.171.124 states unequivocally 'MUST BE DISPOSED'