Tips for sewage damage cleanup include wearing protective gear, working safely, using bleach to kill pathogens and protecting salvageable furnishings. With insured property, the owner should call for an adjuster to visit as quickly as possible.
Exposure to sewage pathogens can make humans sick. Before working in a damaged area, it is important to take precautions. Individuals should wear rubber boots that extend to the knees and rubber gloves. A paper face mask helps to prevent breathing the germs or splashing the contaminated water into the mouth. While the skin provides a protective barrier for most of the germs in sewage, open wounds provide access directly to the body.
When cleaning flooding of any type, workers should keep in mind their own safety. They should not enter rooms where the ceilings are sagging from sewer leaks from upper levels. Prior to entering a room, they should turn off the electrical power, especially if the flooding is above any outlets.
Bleach is a powerful disinfectant. While it discolors carpets, they are likely to require replacement. Pour several gallons of bleach into the water to help prevent the spread of pathogens.
Some furnishings are likely salvageable. Protect the legs of hardwood furnishings by placing them on planks so they are elevated above the liquid. Another option is to wrap the legs in aluminum foil to prevent them from further damage.