Category Archives: Biohazard Cleanup

The Pitfalls of Sewage Cleanup Coverage

Toilet Sewage Overflow
As a property owner, the distinction between a sewage backup and a sewage overflow is important to understand and be able to identify independently of an insurance carrier. Awareness of the differences and what they entail regarding the possibility and extent of insurance coverage will help property insurance policy holders protect their interests in the event of a flood originating from a wastewater drainage line.

Sewage Overflow Cleanup in Darby, PA

Sewage Spill Route
Property Recovery 911 was summoned to a stately stone home in Darby, PA for a sewage cleanup job. The source of the sewage overflow was a toilet located in the finished basement powder room as well as a floor drain in the laundry room. Upon inspection, we discovered that the soil line serving the property was clogged, which is often the culprit when a sewage overflow occurs. In such an event, the location of the sewage overflow is the first drain or drains ‘north’ of the clog.

Sewage Spill Hazards

Sewage Spill
Pathogens commonly found in category 3 water damage are in a liquid state. The primary biohazard present in a sewage spill are viruses, bacteria and parasites.

Viruses: Primary Sewage Biohazard

Viruses do not reproduce, instead they multiply via a process called replication. After attaching to a host cell, the virus then injects the cell with a genetic material known as Ribonucleic acid (RNA). Within the cell walls the virus replicates, exhausting the cells resources and generating abundant copies of itself. The colony ultimately causes the cell to perish and rupture, releasing the viral progeny to attack healthy cells. The primary route of viral infection from a sewage spill is ingestion.

Biohazard Removal Downingtown PA

Biohazard Cleanup
Property Recovery 911 was contacted by management personnel of a leading pest control company to perform an emergency biohazard job. The need for biohazard removal is often associated with the possibility of viral or bacterial transmission via the discharge of bodily fluids as the result of some traumatic event. The term ‘biohazard’ can be broadly defined as something that may cause harm to people or the environment, such as an infectious disease or a poisonous chemical. In this instance, emergency biohazard cleanup was necessary as a result of the latter.

Montgomery County Raw Sewage Spill

Sewage Spill Cleanup

Property Recovery 911 was contacted by a homeowner who was referred to us by a Chubb Insurance agency for a sewage spill cleanup. Located in the Penn Valley section of Montgomery County Pennsylvania, the homes soil line was clogged for an indeterminate period of time as the elderly occupants rarely accessed the basement. Ongoing use of the drainage system resulted in an extensive raw sewage spill erupting from the air conditioning condensate drain every time the plumbing was used. Once discovered, drain cleaners were enlisted to remove the blockage and Property Recovery 911 technicians were immediately dispatched to perform professional sewage removal, including sewage spill cleanup as well as disinfecting and cleaning the entire area.

Sewage Spill Norristown

Sewage Spill - Cause

Property Recovery 911 was contacted by the homeowner for sewage clean up caused by new a waste line that was improperly installed.

Waste Water Clean Up - Demolition

After the necessary repairs to the waste line was completed, the sewage clean up started with the removal and proper disposal of all of the building materials that came into contact with the raw sewage spill. This included cutting away carpet, carpet pad, and drywall.