Just the thought of sewage backup in our homes can turn your stomach. The smell is repellent and often embarrassing. More importantly, sewage backups represent considerable risks due to potential structural damage to your home, bacteria and water damage that can eventually breed mold. In fact, besides nausea, the odor alone can cause skin irritations simply from inhaling the air. Unsanitary floods are among the most dreaded household and workplace events. However, even when we take every step necessary to prevent them, they still happen.
Always wash your hands multiple times when cleaning up after an unsanitary flood. Never let sewage or contaminated water come into contact with cuts, abrasions or other exposed wounds!
Here in Florida, many of us how ceramic tile floors, which is a fortunate thing if we do have to endure the nauseating mess of an unsanitary sewage backup. They’re much easier to clean. Don’t let that fool you, though, because there are still necessary steps that you must take to ensure that you perform a thorough Sarasota dry out to keep your family and workers safe and happy.
Act fast! Proper cleaning and dry out in Sarasota hinges on your quick response. If you have any doubts at all that you can properly clean and dry out after a sewage backup, count on the experience and expertise of the pros at Accutech.
Step-By-Step For Cleaning Up Sewage And Sarasota Dry Out
- Wear protective clothing. Put on rubber boots, rubber gloves and a face mask to protect yourself from the sewer water. Open all windows and doors and place fans and a dehumidifier in the room where the sewer backup took place. Mop up and remove as much of the sewage water as possible to make the rest of the clean up and Sarasota dry out easier.
- Wash thoroughly with detergent. Fill a bucket with extremely hot water and then add 2 to 3 teaspoons of dish detergent. You should use granulated detergent if possible. Wash the tile floor with the detergent solution, using your mop. Be sure to get hard-to-reach areas, such as corners, grout lines and around cabinets and baseboards. Don’t rinse for this step.
- Apply a bleach solution. Mix one gallon of extremely hot water with one cup of chlorine bleach in a bucket. Wet the mop with the solution and thoroughly mop your tile floor. Again, be sure to clean hard-to-reach areas. Rinse your mop for several minutes under hot running water.
- Rinse – Pour hot water (again, get the water as hot as you can) into a clean bucket and wet the mop. Rinse the floor thoroughly and evenly with the mop.
- Begin the Sarasota dry out – If you have a ceiling fan, turn it on it’s most powerful setting. Then position as many box fans and humidifiers as you can access throughout the affected room. Open all windows and doors. If you have any doubt whatsoever that you have been able to completely dry out your Sarasota tile floor, call Accutech. Do not risk unsanitary water damage in your home or workplace.
- Second disinfectant application – Once your floor is completely dry from Step 5, disinfect it a second time using a new solution of bleach and water (same proportions). You should always wash surfaces at least twice after they have come in contact with waste water.
Not 100 Percent Sure About Your Sarasota Dry Out? Don’t Risk The Health Hazard!
Don’t leave room for doubt. Though tile floors are easier to clean than either wood or carpet, water and contaminants can still hide, seeping into places like unsealed grout, baseboards and closets. If you do suspect that you haven’t been able to completely remove wastewater or clean up water, call Accutech for fast, reliable Sarasota dry out done perfectly the first time.