Most people think of a sewage back up as a nasty inconvenience. In actual fact, backed up sewer pipes can result in situations in which it becomes a biohazard that can endanger lives. Sewage contains multiple types of bacteria and viral pathogens that can cause serious illness.
While sewage smells horrible, the real danger comes from the air-borne vapors that are released. Sewer gas contains ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and methane – all of which are toxic to people and pets. All those compounds have the potential to cause organ damage during prolonged exposure.
The rotten egg smell associated with sewage comes from hydrogen sulfide. What many people don’t know is that the ammonia, combined with the high levels of the other toxic gases, also present a fire hazard.
When fumes are inhaled, they can result in a variety of symptoms encompassing headache and dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, along with memory problems and difficulty concentrating. Depending upon the level and length of exposure, people can experience a loss of smell and irritation of the eyes, mouth, throat and lungs.
The gases can also lead to severe types of gastroenteritis. It’s critical that a sewer back up be addressed promptly. If left for any significant length of time, inhaling those fumes has the potential to be deadly.
Even if the back up is “minor” in scope, the danger still exists. When sewage backs up in the home, ordinary cleaning is insufficient to kill contaminants. Sewage can seep under flooring and soak into walls where the dangerous elements will continue to grow. That residual dampness can also lead to a mold infestation.
A professional restoration company has the experience, specialized equipment, and chemical formulas to clean, sanitize and neutralize the danger when a sewer back up occurs. They’ll work with insurance companies to remove the contamination, and repair and replace affected areas, to eliminate the danger. The professionals understand the seriousness of the situation and will respond to the emergency 24/7.
Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward, and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.
We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.
Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.
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