Sewage & Flood Damage

The following Emergency Tips were compiled by members and staff of the National Institute of Disaster Restoration based on their wide experience with various types of damage. It is not likely that your situation will require all of these procedures. Apply those which common sense indicates are appropriate.

Emergency Tips: Sewage & Flood Damage
Raw sewage and floodwaters contain bacteria and other microorganisms which are extremely hazardous to human health. These can be transmitted by touching contaminated items or by tracking them into uncontaminated areas on shoes. Children and pets are especially vulnerable; frequent handwashing is an important preventive measure. Absorbent materials such as carpeting and drywall may not be restorable after direct contact with sewage-contaminated or flood-contaminated water.

Do …
Treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminatedKeep children and pets out of contaminated areas
Do Not …
Track contaminated material into damaged areas until properly decontaminatedAttempt to decontaminate surfaces with sprays and other over the counter germicidal products which may not fully disinfect contaminated surfaces


Disclaimer: The information and our technical advice – whether verbal or in writing or by way of trials – are given in good faith, but without warranty, and this also applies where proprietary rights of third parties are involved. Our advice does not release you from the obligation to check its validity and to test products as to the suitability for the intended processes and uses.

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