Los Angeles Sewage Cleanup

Orange County Sewage Cleanup







Sewage spills in Orange may cause as much property damage as fire. Given the opportunity a sewage spill may lead to insurance claims, although sewage water intrusion sometimes destroys much less than fire. Either may lead to an insurance cleaim or a big headache.

Big nasty intruders follow sewage spills leading to thorough sewage cleanup. The intruders? Germs.

I don't bring up germs to scare the reader, since you've got more than enough to handle at the moment, considering why you came to this page. In fact, many homes have what I call "category 3" sewage discharges and live on without the slightest health problems related to their sewage spill.

During the summer months in Orange County, sewage spills may have time to incubate larger numbers of germs than in cooler months. Naturally it's better to rid homes of sewage spills and their residues sooner than later.

Sewage spills, also known as "sewage backflows," Sewage backflows are serious health threats to humans indoors. The purpose of this paper is to summarize what is known about health effects associated with sewage backflow into indoor environments and to make technical recommendations for safe, effective
restoration. Risks to health from specific pathogens are considered, and the classes of disinfectants and their properties are discussed. The recommendations for remediation are based largely on the characteristics of the contaminated material and the length of
time of the contamination.


Water is the single most long term destructive substance in the indoor environment. It dissolves or weakens many materials and supports the growth of microorganisms on others. Because it flows, water has the capability to carry with it a wide variety of
pathogens and allergens harmful to humans. (1). In the best of worlds, buildings would be designed so that flooding would never occur; however, in the real world, water sometimes gets out of control in every building. When a water emergency occurs, quick reaction to
seepage, spillage, flooding, or backups has many benefits. Quick reaction often saves valuable property from direct water damage as well as destruction from microbial growth.
The longer any kind of water damage goes untreated, the greater the damage. Immediate response to a water emergency saves time and money, and protects property and health. The primary objectives of controlling water damage are well known to professional
restorers and public health professionals. These objectives are to protect public health, immediately remove harmful substances that enter in the environment with flowing water, restore the environment to a dry state, and salvage valuable property. The objectives are
even more critical when flood waters contain animal or human body fluids or wastes (e.g., raw sewage) or other organic contaminants.

Sewage poses a very significant threat to human health. However, the severity of the health threat depends on the content of the sewage and the degree and extent of penetration into the building environment. The amount of penetration depneds on the porosity of soiled materials, the amuont of sewage, and the amount of time the sewage remains.

Whenever residents in Orange County need sewage cleanup service, then we're happy to receive telephone calls 24/7/365. If only to ask questions, feel free to call. If you choose to make an appointment with us or someone else, fine. In fact, because of this business's demands, we cannot always respond to sewage spills in a timely manner. Sometimes we may have three or four sewage cleanup jobs underway. Sometimes traffic intervenes and reachnig sewage spills during rush hour becomes a sad state of affairs for all, to say the least. So call and maybe we can help in someway no matter what follows.

Do leave lights on and ventilate however safe and possible.


As a sidenote, we also have an orange county suicide cleanup website to help service those in need of orange county biohazard cleanup services. Likewise, for the same reason, we keep an orange county crime scene cleanup web site on the Orange County Internet for the same reasons our Orange County blood cleanup web site remains working -- to help the public meet their cleaning needs

Sewage Cleanup

Keep in mind, sewage cleanup equals biohazard cleanup. Work safely because sewage cleanup has many unseen biohazards.

- Anything in contact with sewage is contaminated and during sewage cleanup anything contaminated becomes sewage waste, solid waste, or something to clean.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Disinfect as you work when possible.
- Change work gloves as needed and do not reuse.
- Foot gear includes waterproof rubber boots to keep feet dry.

Clean-up Procedure after Sewage Cleanup:

Indoor Clean-up

Cleaning supplies remain in an easily accessed area free of clutter before, suring, and after sewage cleanup. Wet/Dry vacuums, mops, trash bags, disinfectants, brooms, buckets, cleaning products, and gloves.

Separate soiled property from clean propety for detailed cleaning and disinfecting, or disposal after sewage cleanup.

Sewage soaked property requiring safe disposal in most cases includes the following:
- Large carpets
- Books and paper products
- Foam rubber

- Food in metal can once cleaned and disinfected may remain for use. Otherwise, food becomes a possible biohazard.

A chlorine solution with detergent, 1 teaspoon bleach for 2 gallons of water usually fulfills disinfecting needs.

Property requiring disposal as biohazardous includes the following:

- Cardboard
- Medicine
- Toys
- Mattresses and pillows
- Upholstered couches and chairs
- Carpet padding

Start sewage cleanup in one room and complete it before moving on.

Remain aware of cross-contamination by mis-using cleaning solutions and rinse water.

Sewage cleanup's best practices suggest using bucket for a cleaning solution. Use another bucket for a clean rinse water. Apply solution while not directly contacting the soiled area; ringing out a micro-fiber towel over the cleaning area releases enough cleaning solution to begin scrubbing with a srubbing towel. Replace the scubbging towel until soiled beyond use. Begin scubbing with another until soiled beyond use.

Rinse bucket serves for clean rinse towels only. Once clean rinse towels become too soiled to perform as rinse clean rinse towels, begin with another clean rinse towel soaked in the clean rinse bucket water.

Use an approved disinfectant on all cleaned areas.

Thoroughly dry out contamineated property. Vintilate and circulate air with fans. Open windows, door, closets, and cabinets. A dehumidifier should be used if needed.

Outdoor Clean-up

Large quantities of sewage and contaminated debris should go to a sewage treatment plant whenever possible. Do nt dispose of these materials in landfills or storm drains.

Hard surface cleaning requres a detergent solution followed by disinfection.

Sunlight's UV radiation helps destroy biohazard soil and sand. After 20 days grass usually returns to its pre-incident biological condition.

- Use bunding to halt sewage migration during sewage cleanup. For large spills embackments built from eath, brick, stone or other impervious materials will do for bunding.

Never dispose of sewage or sewage liquids in an area exposed to people.
To Clean
1st Choice: Non-sudsing household cleaners.
2nd Choice: Laundry soap or detergent.

To Disinfect

1st Choice: 10% solution of liquid bleach (3/4 cup in 1 gallon of water).
2nd Choice: Household disinfectant such as quaternary phenilic or pine oil disinfectants (check labels).

After Indoor, Outdoor Sewage Cleanup
- Thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water.
- Thoroughly clean cleaning equipment, supplies, equipment and protective garments and masks. Use detergent then disinfect (or use a combined product) or discard mop heads.
- Thoroughly wash contaminated clothes in hot water and detergent.
- Injuries and illnesses related to sewage cleanup requre medical attention.

Keep in mind, sewage cleanup equals biohazard cleanup. Be safe; work safe in Orange.




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