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The Hidden Dangers of DIY Sewage Clean up

When sewage spills on your property, your first instinct might be to clean up the spill yourself quickly. But sewage is very hazardous to be exposed to, and cleaning it up can put you and others at risk of serious health problems. 

ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that offers sewage cleaning services. Its technicians are trained biohazard experts that can clean up the spill and decontaminate and sanitize the affected area. The company operates nationwide, day and night, 365 days a year. 

Read on to hear from the experts about why only professional cleaners should tackle sewage spills. 

Sewage contains harmful diseases and bacteria

Exposure to sewage can bring you in close contact with E.coli, Hepatitis A, and Salmonella, among other dangerous pathogens. These can be very contagious and could cause health problems such as gastroenteritis and lung and intestinal infections. 

You could touch and ingest the sewage if you attempt to clean it up without personal protective equipment. 

It can contaminate the air around you

Even going near the sewage spill and not directly contacting it can affect your health. Sewage produces vapors that, when inhaled, can cause health issues like gastroenteritis and asthma. It may also release toxins that could attack your respiratory system. 

Sewage produces dangerous gases, too, like hydrogen sulfide and methane, which are harmful and highly flammable. Exposure to sewer gases can lead to eye irritation, a sore throat, and a cough, while long-term exposure leads to more serious problems like a loss of smell and seizures. 

Why only professional cleaners should clean up spills

Unless you are a trained expert in cleaning up sewage, you will likely not have the specialist products, equipment, and knowledge to clear up the spill thoroughly. You may also not be able to properly decontaminate surfaces and could leave behind a hazardous environment. 

Sewage cleaners will be able to quickly clear up all traces of the sewage and sanitize the affected area. They will know the dangers of raw sewage and give you peace of mind that the entire spill is taken care of and your property is safe again.

A quick, effective response is essential to prevent water damage and mold growth following a spill, which can also damage your property and put people’s health at risk. 

Cleaners will have the appropriate PPE to safely clean up the sewage, including gloves, goggles, and face masks.

ICE Cleaning’s technicians can provide full sewage cleaning and decontamination services nationwide. They can be on-site for several hours in an emergency. 

On its website, you can learn more about ICE Cleaning’s specialist cleaning services. 

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