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Why You Should Call SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe for Sewage Cleanup

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why You Should Call SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe for Sewage Cleanup Pictured here a sewage backup in a business. Make sure you call SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe for any residential or commercial sewage backup you may have.

The Dangers of DIY Sewage Cleanup

If you’re like most homeowners, when faced with a task or question you probably head to the internet for answers…that’s how you found this article! And if you’re dealing with backed-up sewage, it only takes a few seconds of searching to find hundreds of articles describing how to clean-up sewage.

It goes like this:

** Put on some rubber gloves

** Scoop out the waste

** Take some water and bleach solution and apply it to the affected areas

** Let it dry

Most articles will throw out a warning saying “if you’re not sure whether you can do it, or don’t have the proper equipment, it is best to call a professional”. That’s where you would call SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe.

We’d like to throw out another warning!

Cleaning up raw sewage on your own is something you should never do!
Here’s why:

#1 – It can be deadly! – That’s not meant to scare you, it’s simply the truth. Raw sewage commonly contains nasty bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause serious illness and even death if contracted. It could contain things like salmonella, giardia, E-coli, round worms, tetanus, and hepatitis-A. You don’t have to be the head doctor at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to know that’s a list of nasty stuff that you don’t want anything to do with.

#2 – It can be hidden. – Any SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe crew member can tell you stories about customers that decided to clean-up their own feces only to call in weeks or months later complaining about smells and disfigured walls, cabinets, and floors. Sewage will find its way into any and all porous surfaces. Even things like drywall and cabinetry aren’t safe. And it’s not as simple as just spotting the sewage with your eyes. It requires state of the art equipment, which SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe has, to identify areas that have been damaged by sewage. So unless you have an infrared detection system handy and know how to use it, call SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe.

#3 – It can be costly. – Times are difficult for everyone and money is tight. It’s easy to justify doing it yourself instead of paying to have SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe clean and disinfect for you. But today’s shortcut is tomorrow’s nightmare! Again, you’re dealing with a toxic situation that if not handled properly can create very real health dangers for you and your family. Not only that, if not properly mitigated, you could be looking at a serious mold issue in the not so distant future on top of all of the other issues described above. And if you think sewage cleanup is costly, wait until you’re stuck with a bill for mold remediation services! At least your sewage clean-up is covered by insurance…that’s not typically the case if you’ve got mold and it’s the result of you not taking appropriate measures when dealing with the sewage issue that created the mold!


So, if you’ve stumbled upon this article due to a sewage back-up that’s spilled into your home or office, do yourself a favor and call us, SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe. Our technicians are certified to perform raw sewage cleanup and can provide you with peace of mind knowing the area affected is professionally cleaned.

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergency and your mold cleanup. When there is mold in a home or business in Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods, Hazel Park, Warren, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help get your home or business back together. Call us today, (313) 882-5499!