Sewage damage is much like flood damage in terms of the effect it will have on property. Unlike clean flood water sewage contains the addition risk to human health, not to mention the fact that many people (including daily office cleaning companies), do not wish to deal with a spill or do not have the correct personal protective equipment or disinfectants to clean up correctly.
Sewage comes in two forms: treated and untreated.
Untreated sewage – This is any liquid which contains biological material and has not yet gone through the sewage treatment plant. Raw sewage would be typically that found where toilets back up and overspill or stack pipes rupture in larger buildings. Untreated sewage has a far greater potential to cause illness and the longer the sewage has been sitting and stagnating the greater the amount of bacteria it will contain. Untreated sewage should be dealt with immediately, we can get to you fast and clean this up reducing business interruption and by choosing CleanEnviros you will demonstrate a commitment to Health and Safety as well as for filling your duty of care responsibilities.
Treated sewage – Any sewage that has passed through a treatment plant will have been treated with either UV light or chemical processes to eliminate harmful bacteria. Once treated the sewage will usually pass out into the sea where pipes run for many miles to ensure it does not wash up on-shore. There has been much in the press over the years where this was not the case and the action group surfers against sewage has worked hard to lobby sewage treatment works and government for better treatment of the waste and alternative disposal methods.
Coming into contact with treated sewage is rare, but can arise if large flooding events effect sewage treatment plants or in very rare cases there is a pump or other equipment failure which results in the sewage spreading over the land and potentially into property.
Water that originates from heavy industry that may not contain faecal matter is also classified as sewage. This is due to the frequent cocktail of chemicals and nutrients in this water which create perfect living and growing conditions for bacteria. This waste may be more hazardous depending on the chemicals it contains and such spillages should only be cleaned up by a specialist team