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Call SERVPRO of Marshalltown to Safely Remove Sewage Water

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Many Marshall, Hardin, Grundy and Tama County area homeowners have recently experienced a double whammy from both water damage and power outages after an unprecedented derecho storm ripped through the state. This problem combination makes homes susceptible to mold growth and harmful bacteria or viruses, especially when sewage water is part of the mix. Porous materials like carpet, carpet pads and insulation are perfect environments for mold and bacteria to grow, which can quickly cause foul odor and risk of severe illness from mold spores or dangerous pathogens. The sooner you can start cleaning up after water damage, the more quickly you can stop mold and bad bacteria from growing in susceptible areas of your house.

Carpets and pads damaged by sewage need to be removed and disposed of immediately since this is considered a category-3 loss. Sewage damage is the most dangerous form of water cleanup because the possibility of blood-borne pathogens and other contaminants is high.

If a company were to just clean sewage-damaged carpet, assuming it seemed fine, there is no guarantee the carpet would be clean or safe. As soon as the room became warm, you would smell the sewage that was left behind in the carpet almost immediately. This indicates bacteria or mold is still present and would leave you and your family in danger.

Sewage leaves too many unknowns for anyone to assume a cleaning is enough to take care of the problem. The possibility of remaining fecal matter and disease-causing pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli put you and your family at high risk. 

Our staff at SERVPRO of Marshalltown is trained to handle sewage damage safely and effectively. We make sure that we eliminate all the contaminants that pose health risks and never take shortcuts. We do it well and we do it right. If your home has had any amount of water damage, give us a call right away to come take care of it for you. You can reach us any time, day or night, at (641) 758-9746.