Biohazard and Sewage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Biohazard contaminants are considered dangerous. These kinds of contaminants actually can pose a serious health risk. Biohazard scenarios such as sewer backups and flood waters in a home or business are more common than you may know. SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa has the training, expertise and equipment necessary to restore and clean this type of contamination. If a loss of this type does affect your home or business, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help. Below are some tips on what to do and what not to do to be prepared.

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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 Morris / Ottawa has water damage restoration specialists and has specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.

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