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Sewage Cleanup in Tampa

We recently responded to a business in Tampa that needed sewage clean up. Someone had flushed something down the toilet that didn’t belong there and it caused major issues inside this business. The toilet started overflowing with raw sewage and didn’t stop until it had flooded about three thousand square feet of carpet and tile. You can’t imagine the smell coming out of this business. This happened on a Friday afternoon (thankfully) and they wanted to be re-opening for business on Monday. That’s a challenge!

Cleaning up Sewage Damage

Please do not try to clean up sewage damage unless you know what you’re doing. Sewage damage is classified Category 3 water, the worst type according to the IICRC. This type of water can carry diseases. This type of water can cause serious illness and even death! Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment when cleaning up sewage water. For instance, our employees were fitted with full face respirators, Tyvek suits, goggles, gloves, and rubber boots. Any porous items that sewage water touches must be disposed of if it cannot be cleaned sufficiently (this can be complicated, call us with any specific questions). Non-porous items may be cleaned with the appropriate cleaning techniques. If sewage water touches your carpet, your carpet and padding must be disposed of. No cleaning will adequately disinfect it! As strange as it sounds, drywall must be cut out and thrown away also. Why is this? Drywall is porous and will thus be contaminated and there is no way to clean behind the drywall where the sewage water might be trapped.

Successful Sewage Cleanup

This client had a goal; he wanted to be back in business by Monday morning. We brought in crews to fine clean all the non-porous sewage damaged items. We placed equipment to dry out the wood studs and clean the air. We had a hygienist test before he reopened to make sure there were no bacteria left. The project went well and the client was very happy to be back in business so quickly. Sewage cleanup is a gross, disgusting, and potentially life threatening job that is best left to the experts. If you have a sewage cleanup in Tampa give us a call. Even if you just have some questions, we can help. We have trained technicians that answer the phones 24 hours a day. We’ve performed hundreds of sewage clean ups through the years, we’re here to help if you need us!

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