Biohazard and Sewage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
How extensive a biohazard cleaning needs to be depends on the underlying hazardous material and the harm it poses. Some, such as mold, are difficult to completely eradicate without professional help. If any spores are missed, the infestation could quickly return and continue causing problems.
SERVPRO Sunland/Tujunga will also bring the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent their staff from being exposed to pathogens while cleaning, and will test the property (if necessary) after cleaning to ensure all traces of the biohazard have been removed.
The cleaning and restoration technicians at SERVPRO Sunland/Tujunga have the equipment and training to handle any biohazards that are present, from enzyme solutions to break down bodily fluids and matter, to hydroxyl generators that sanitize and deodorize properties using UV light.
Although crime scene cleaning grabs the headlines (and morbid curiosity has driven most of us to look at crime scene photos from time to time!), it’s not the most common kind of biohazard cleanup, accounting for about a third of all cleanups that professional companies undertake. Unattended death cleanups — where a body has not been discovered for several days or more — are more usual than homicides, and cleaning and sanitizing in the aftermath of disease outbreaks also form a large part of the routine work carried out by hazmat cleaners. If a nursing home or assisted living facility has an outbreak of MRSA, for example, it’s important to carry out a biohazard cleaning to protect the residents.
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After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
- Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
What to Do After a Contamination
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
- Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
- Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.
What Not to Do After a Contamination
- Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don’t use television or other household appliances.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
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Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Sunland, Tujunga, Sylmar, San Fernando, Van Nuys North has water damage restoration specialists and has specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.
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