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September 2015

• September 30, 2015 • No comments yet

Sewage backups are messy, unpleasant, and dangerous. Property damage aside, few catastrophes outside fire are such a direct threat to your health.

If you experience a sewage backup, keep these tips and facts in mind before contacting a South Carolina restoration professional:

  • Leave the building immediately. This goes for everyone, but is especially important for those who are under age 2 or over 60, pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on chemotherapy or prescription drugs, or HIV/AIDS patients.
  • Don’t attempt to clean up—the untrained will endanger themselves and others. Only restoration professionals should attempt sewage remediation.
  • Understand that absorbent sewage-saturated materials (bedding, carpet, upholstery, drywall, insulation, etc.) that can’t be washed in hot (130° F) water for at least 10 minutes must be contained as hazards and destroyed. Drying in place will compound the health risk.
  • See your doctor after sewage exposure to update your vaccinations, including Hepatitis B.

After sewage remediation make sure a third-party indoor environmental professional verifies that the building is safe to occupy.

Got questions about disaster restoration in Columbia or elsewhere in South Carolina? Catastrophe Services is here for you. Give us a call at [NUMBER]—our business is helping you get your life back.

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