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What to do Until Help Arrives

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard What to do Until Help Arrives Toilet Overflow? Sewer backups may contain viruses, bacteria, and microbes. Call SERVPRO of East Riverside City at #951-222-2224.

Bio-hazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Sewer backups and flood water are two common bio-hazard scenarios that can affect homes and businesses. SERVPRO Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

After any bio-hazard or sewage contamination in your home or place of business, your primary focus should be safety. Remember the following:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities relating to the Bio-hazard that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other electrical appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Bio-hazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. The trained technicians at SERVPRO of East Riverside City are water damage restoration specialists and have specific training, expertise and equipment to safely remediate bio-hazard contaminants.  

What is a Bio-hazard Disaster?

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Bio-hazard is not a word that you hear often in regards to a home or office. SERVPRO of East Riverside is prepared to help you clean up any type of disaster, including bio-hazards, in your home or place of business. The majority of home bio-hazard disasters happen in the bathroom. 

Here are a few bio-hazard scenarios to be aware of:

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these bio-hazards also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. Our team of professionals will remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture and will help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected and deodorized.

Blood-borne Pathogens

Our team of professionals will remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. We will also clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a home or commercial building, which is why we follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Sewage Backup

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Sewage Backup Don't panic, call SERVPRO of East Riverside City at 951-222-2224!

Sewer backups should always be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes. Our team of professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean sewage backups. Water damage is classified by Category, depending on the level of contamination, and how it is handled is based on the specific classification.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Riverside City  are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.