No matter what type of business you operate, if there is a sewage backup or overflow, it’s a big problem. Not only is it unpleasant but it is hazardous because it may contain things like bacteria, viruses, and microbes that can cause serious illness. And, of course, depending on the severity of the situation, it may very quickly cause property damage. It is impossible to anticipate a sewage backup but it can happen for a variety of reasons such as blockages or sewer line breaks and may end up overflowing into sinks, tubs, toilets, floor drains, and more.
If there has ever been something considered to be a plumbing emergency, sewage backup, and the overflow would certainly be that. Immediate response is critical in preventing business downtime, property damage, and health hazards. Because sewage backups and overflows contain both water and hazardous bacteria and microbes, not only does the sewage cause damage, but the moisture can also lead to mold growth, as Forbes points out, “Carpets, wood flooring, trim, drywall and even wooden framing may have to go. Get started on the cleanup process as soon as possible, which will likely include calling a restoration company to perform the bulk of the tasks. The sewage and water create humid conditions, and mold can quickly grow.”
The sooner your can get professional assistance, the better. It is important to work with a commercial sewage cleanup and restoration company that is both trained and certified by the IICRC – a cleaning and restoration certification program. This will ensure that your restoration service can provide effective and thorough cleanup services including removal of standing water and sewage, complete sanitization of the affected area, deodorization of affected areas, and any other necessary restoration services. A high-quality and experienced restoration company will be able to quickly treat affected areas using air movers, dehumidifiers, subfloor drying equipment, wood floor drying systems, and more. If your commercial building experiences any kind of sewage backup and overflow, it is essential to remediate the issue as soon as possible for both the health and safety of everyone in the building, as well as to reduce property damage.