If you have ever suffered from water damage you know it can be devastating. Dealing with sewage damage is much, much worse. Sewage damage is often caused by broken sewer lines, a backed up septic tank or an overflowing toilet. What makes sewage damage more devastating than water damage? Sewage water is full of dangerous contaminants that can destroy your property and belongings as well cause increased health risks.
Sewage Water Can Be Toxic
Sewage damage is a category of water often called black water due to the level of contamination that is present. There are three types of water that can be found in a water damage disaster.
- Category One: this category consists of clean water or water that does not contain any contaminants. This could be from a broken water line.
- Category Two: this category consists of grey water or water that contains a significant amount of chemical, biological or physical contaminants. Grey water comes from waste lines, such as your washing machine.
- Category Three: this category consists of black water or water that has come in contact with fecal matter and contains harmful bacteria and pathogens that cause disease. Floodwaters are also considered category three water.
Contact The Professionals!
Whatever you do, do not try to clean up the sewage damage yourself! Not only is this option hazardous to your health, but can also end up costing you more money in the long run. When your home or business suffers from sewage damage it is important to contact Water Extraction Team (WET)! Our certified technicians go through extensive training and know how to safely remove and sanitize sewage from any home or business.