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Sewage Damage Can Put Your Home In A Stink

Dec 13, 2007
There are only a few things that bring a more unpleasant image to the mind of a person than the idea of sewage and coming into contact with it. If the area where you live has been flooded recently, you may need to deal with that very thing as you are allowed to go back to your home after the waters have receded, since it is often the case that these very waters are contaminated with it, among other unpleasant items.

Sewage, chemicals, decaying bodies, and other things may be lurking in the flood water that has overrun your home, so cleaning it out of the nooks and crannies of your home is going to be quite the task. If you are prepared, however, you can save a lot of money by doing most of the cleanup yourself.

Everything in the house needs to be taken outside, especially wet furniture. Unfortunately, your upholstered furniture will not be salvageable unless there is little padding, such as the upholstery on some dining chairs.

Large items like couches and recliners will need to be thrown away 95% of the time because the padding will soak up sewage, soil, and chemicals, causing it to become a biological hazard. These items are very difficult to completely disinfect and you will waste much time and money trying to do so. Replacing them is your best bet.

Cloth items in the tops of closets that did not come into contact with the water can become molded simply because of the humidity in the house. This typically starts after about 3 or 4 days, since they were not actually soaked by the flood.

Get these items out and wash them as soon as you can, but not in your home's washer, since it was probably flooded, too. Do not use your household appliances until they have been checked for electrical damage. Take anything you need to wash to a Laundromat.

Mold can start growing on textiles and other materials within about 48 hours after they have gotten wet. You can save these items most of the time, but they may be stained. Cleaning molded items made of real leather, however, is not possible.

Scrubbing your floors can be done by taking a couple of buckets, one with cleaning water and the other with rinsing water, and being sure not to contaminate the clean water with sewage. Do not put the sponge or mop back into the clean water without rinsing it first. Replace the rinsing water as often as you need to.
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Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of
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