Over the years, you’ve had hundreds of water spills and floods in your life. Whether it is a knocked over vase of flowers, forgetting to close the shower curtain, or finding a broken water line, you need to quickly clean it up and assess the risk of further damage, If it is a bigger problem like a busted potable water line, a rupture of a drain waste or a sewage line snack up involves an entirely different set of problems. The leak might send biologically contaminated black water through your home so you need to contact experts now.
To make sense of the risk from water damage, you have to understand “how dirty the water is” that flowed into your home. An administering government body has created a standard to help in remediation and safety. The Institute of International Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provides practical standards for water mitigation, flood damage repair, and sewage cleanup.
Three levels of contamination of the water responsible for the damage can be identified:
Category 1 is the best (of a bad situation.). This categorization described water damage that “originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose a substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure.” This could be due to clean water from supply lines or rain through a broken window pane.
A category 2 is more serious. This water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms. It has the potential to cause sickness if consumed by humans. Some examples are:
The term “black water” refers to spills that could contain feces, urine, water and toilet paper from flush toilets. This unsanitary water contains pathogenic agents and has the likelihood of causing discomfort or sickness if consumed or exposed to humans.
Pathogens describe microorganisms that can cause illness in humans. While the bacteria that inhabit the human gut are non-pathogenic when inside you, they can be pathogenic if they are ingested again once they have left the body.
Sewage leaks allow these organisms to be released into your home, where they can come into contact with food. For example, Botulism is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, and it can be produced in raw sewage where there is little oxygen. E-coli, salmonella, campylobacter, intestinal amoebas, shigella and even cholera are other pathogens that can be carried in raw sewage.
Another immediate danger from a residential sewage leak is from a variety of gases: carbon dioxide, methane, chlorine, nitrous oxide, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide. Any of these gases can be toxic, and can cause illness, disorientation and even death in high doses. Methane can asphyxiate if the levels are high in a sealed up house.
If you have water damage, get some support for the cleanup. If you have category 2 or 3 water damage, count on Bostonian Restoration to keep your family safe. For the most reliable restorative services available in the Boston and New England area, call at any time. Crews are ready to arrive at your home and begin cleanup within the hour. Addressing water damage quickly can often prevent further damage, therefore saving you money and aggravation.