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Sewage Damage and the Associated Risks

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Water damage, itself, can be damaging enough. But when that water damage comes from sources like backed up sewer pipes, overflowing septic systems, or burst pipes – it is not only harmful to your home, but also your health! Raw sewage contains bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause serious health issues. Even if the water doesn’t appear to be dirty, it can contain up to three million bacteria per teaspoon!

If left untreated, it is possible for the bacteria to be transmitted throughout your home or business by simple contact with clothing or shoes.

Dangers of Sewage Damage

• There are several diseases associated with sewage damage, such as chronic respiratory illnesses, hepatitis, cholera, and much more.

• Parasitic agents found in sewage – such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium – can cause chronic intestinal illnesses in children and adults.

• Bacterial pathogens associated with sewage damage can consist of strains of gram-negative organisms like Campylobacter, Salmonella and E. coli.

• Aside from strains of gram-negative bacteria, gram-negative bacteria also produce endotoxins which occurr at the point of cell’s death and elimination. Endotoxins can manifest in the air through remediation, take for example the cleaning and drying of infected carpets.

• Over 120 variants of viruses can be seen in human feces, urine and sewage damage which can lead their way to sewage. These include: Rotavirus, which causes severe diarrhea in children; Norwalk virus, which causes gastroenteritis; Adenoviruses, which cause of respiratory and eye infections; and more.

For the above reasons, it is important to hire a reliable, qualified sewage damage restoration company, a company like Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES).

While we excel in sewage extraction, AES is not limited to just removing the sewage from your home or business. We also specialize in the restorative drying process, which sanitizes and deodorizes all contaminated materials using the most advanced drying products and techniques available today. Our sewage extraction and restorative drying specialists are equipped with state-of-the-art moisture detection devices, drying equipment, air-filtration equipment and hospital-grade sanitizers, providing you with the cleanest environment and the best restoration to pre-loss conditions possible. Contact us for sewage remediation services now.

If you have any questions or if you have a situation that needs immediate attention, please contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

Our consultative approach and proven methodologies have helped residential and commercial customers throughout Maryland and Washington, DC to resolve even the most difficult environmental problems.

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Sewage Damage – The Health Risks it Poses to People

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How to Choose the Right Water Damage Company

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Water damage can strike at any time – a burst pipe, a leaky roof, a clogged drain, a frozen pipe, etc. – and there is no way to prepare yourself for the shock of the situation. Water damage can leave you scrambling for help as you try to clean up the situation, fix the problem and preserve any personal artifacts that may have been damaged.

The entire process can be frustrating and a little confusing. You have to try and determine the next course of action while still coping with the loss of your personal effects. One way to ease the burden on yourself is to hire an experienced professional water damage restoration service.

This article from WaterDamageMoldCleanup.com explains just how you can find the right water damage restoration company.

Do your research and look for a well-qualified restoration company with plenty of experience handling water and/or sewage removal, restoration and other tasks such as mold removal. Hiring the right water damage service can provide you the ease of mind you need to get through the whole ordeal. Not only will a good restoration company help repair your damaged home, but they may also be able to speed up the insurance paperwork, helping you to get your life back on track.

So make sure you ask plenty of questions before choosing your water damage restoration company. If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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Explaining the Different Types of Water Damage

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Water damage can come from several different sources: plumbing problems, leaks, floods and even sewage related problems. So it is important to know what type of water damage you are dealing with before trying to tackle the problem yourself. This article from WaterDamageMoldCleanup.com defines each type of water damage, so you know how to identify what you are dealing with.

Water damage is categorized into 3 major groups, black, gray and white water damage.

1.   Clean Water Damage: This is the least hazardous of all three types of water damage, caused by white or clean water. While it is not hazardous, it should still be dealt with immediately as it may cause damage to your floors, walls, or other parts of your house.

2.   Gray Water Damage: This type of water damage comes from either the water left over from washing dishes or taking baths – which often contains soap residue and food particles – or from rain water. Gray water is considered water that could be used to water plants, but should not be used to drink.

3.   Black Water Damage: In most cases, black water comes from the sewer system. But any type of water that cannot be identified should be treated as black water. In other words until it is tested and its source identified it is officially black water, which should always be treated by a professional because it can be hazardous to the health when touched. Black water causes diseases such as hepatitis, malaria, cholera, scabies diarrhea and fluorosis.

If you have any questions or if you have a water source you need tested, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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