Sewage Cleanup >> Structural Drying

There are many factors when dealing with the Structural Drying remediation of the problem. Among these problems are the cause of the sewage contamination, the types of water-damaged materials in your building like are they organic or synthetic, are the surfaces porous, semi-porous, or nonporous, the sewage micro-flora, such as the pathogens and allergens, the organic matter load, water volume, and the impact of ambient outdoor temperature and relative humidity on your building’s indoor living environment.

  1. In dealing with one of the biggest concerns are the survival of the contaminated sewage-borne micro-flora, like the viral, bacterial, fungal, or the parasitic and of course their potential transmission of disease the building’s occupants. The obvious potential exists for some fungal and bacterial contaminants to exist in an ecological niche and present a human health risk from the chronic exposure for some time after the sewage backup event. The necessary discussions within this article will address the primary and longer term effects of Structural Drying flooding contamination on your building's structural materials and it's contents and the potential effects on the occupants.
  2.  The procedures to remove sewage contamination to include the flushing with clean tap water and mild detergent solutions, vacuum cleaning, dehydrating, and sanitizing. The obvious human health threats that are presented at each stage of the Structural Drying remediation will be discussed. These can include the production of harmful bio-aerosols during the removal of gross sewage contamination, the overall effects of residual relative moisture and the organic matter on your building and its occupants. The growth of the nonsewage-borne species of harmful microorganisms like molds and other fungi.
  3.  In regard to the building occupants, those individuals whose immune systems are in a way compromised, or who are otherwise in danger due to their age, medication, or an underlying illness, are to be considered a greater risk of contracting a potentially fatal infection than those individuals who are typically healthy. The general factors to be considered in the Structural Drying remediation will include the types of building materials affected, assessment of the overall degree of sewage damage, the extent of contaminated building material, the total exposure time, the relative a him humidity, and the amount of air ventilation time available. The initial goal of water damage remediation must be the total removal and disposal of the sewer water and any contamination using the sanitary plumbing sewer system if at all possible.
  4. The Water extraction systems must be used to completely remove all of the sewage and contaminated water used for cleaning. As another part of this phase of the restoration operation, the removal of all of the affected contents and Structural Drying materials may be necessary. These water damaged items might include carpet, wall covered porous drywall, and the building’s insulation, and any other substrates with a chance for mold growth. The disposal of any non-restorable contaminated building materials requires that the materials be stored in plastic bags and will be in transported to appropriate disposal facilities. In all Structural Drying cases, restoration will workers must be provided with the appropriate personal protective gear like a respirators, boots, gloves, splash goggles, and coveralls.

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