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The Truth About Sewage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Muzaam   
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 12:52
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Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances that can penetrate buildings. Unfortunately, people do not understand the dangers that sewage creates, particularly for small children, the elderly and those with immune system or respiratory problems. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers these facts to dispel some myths typical.

Myth # 1 - Waste water from oceans, lakes or rivers is clean. This water contains contaminants such as micro-organisms, bacteria and pesticides. Trapped in walls or under floor coverings, it does not take long to become a "smelly health hazard.

Myth # 2 - Chlorine disinfects wastewater. Although bleach is a remedy, it is rapidly inactivated by sewage. Even dead fungi and bacteria may contain chemicals that cause an allergic reaction. The affected areas must be thoroughly cleaned, followed by applying appropriate disinfectant.

Myth # 3 - wastewater saturated carpets can be "saved". Absolutely not! Porous materials such as rugs, carpets, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or fabric that can be washed in hot water must be disposed of safely.

Myth # 4 - Partially sewage flooded buildings are safe. Not unless contaminated areas can be sealed to prevent cross-contamination of other areas. Only trained professionals using specialized equipment are qualified to repair the damage of sewage.

cleaning and decontamination completed by a professional following the IICRC S-500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration is important.

 
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