Handling Materials Affected By Sewage Damage In Your Home

Handling Materials Affected By Sewage Damage In Your Home

By David Libowitz

You have had a rather nasty accident occur on your property and frantically search for a qualified company to rectify the situation. For some reason, your sewer lines caused a back-up and sewage is spewing from every drain in your home.

The first thing that any homeowner should think of when sewage damage occurs in your home is the safety and protection of your family. You want to know that they are safe before proceeding with any of the necessary repairs. Obtaining access to a company that can assist you with temporary relocation when you need it, is a good start.

Any business that you decide to use should have the proper qualifications to eliminate safety hazards and perform the services and repairs you need to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition as quickly and efficiently as possible. You may also want them to have the ability to provide workers and clients with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including boots, gloves, breathing equipment, eye protection and full body suits when necessary to avoid contamination. Containment is needed to prevent the spread of contaminants to any clean areas of your home, and all debris require special handling and disposal methods performed to adequately address the situation, even the excessive standing water removed from the site is considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly.  

It is a very delicate situation when evaluating the contents of your home for restoration or disposal; you may want to save as many of your belongings as possible. Therefore, you require the company you use to have a wide variety of cleaning and restoration methods at their disposal. The common method used to decide whether the contents and structure of your home require restoration services or full replacement depends on how porous each item’s material is, the type of contamination, and any local, state, or federal regulations that exist in the area that you live.

A pressure washer and EPA-registered disinfectant combination provide trained technicians with the proper tools to disinfect structural components. The entire interior surface of walls and other inaccessible areas that become contaminated by rising water or sewage must receive the proper cleaning and drying methods accordingly to correct the situation.

Once you locate a sewage cleanup and restoration company that has the services available that you need, contact them to begin work immediately.

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David Libowitz

David is the Owner of SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, and was recently appointed the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative. David graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics and The Wharton School with an MBA in Finance. David has an extensive career investing in and working with companies to facilitate their growth, both organically and through acquisitions. David spent 11 years at Warburg Pincus (one of the largest private equity firms in the world), and worked his way up from Associate to Partner. Over the course of his career, David has served on the Board of Directors of 15 private and public companies and was also the CEO of a start-up software company. David has IICRC Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Certifications and also holds a Lead Based Paint Certification. http://www.servprowestpalmbeachfl.com

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