Sewage backups create a severe health hazard. The longer the contamination process persists, the greater the potential for bacteria development & growth that may lead to some serious illness.
In addition, sewage backflows may create a major loss to your property and its structure by introducing harmful organisms into the structure.
An immediate response is required for sewage backups to reduce cleanup costs & health hazards.
Category 3 (Black Water): is defined as water that is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, and or other harmful agents including:
- Infectious Hepatitis B And C
- Acute respiratory trouble
- Enteroviral carditis
- Skin rashes
Sources of Highly Contaminated Water:
- Toilet backflows originating behind the trap
- rising river water
Category 3 water can pose substantial heath risks to the occupant. ESR recommends using only technicians who have been certified and trained in how to perform this type of mitigation. In a sewage loss, there can up be to 120 different viruses and bacteria in the water.
To prevent exposure to dangerous pathogens, anything in your home that has been touched by Category 3 water must be removed.