According to the restoration industry’s performance standard, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S-500, sewage is considered Category 3 water involving contamination from solids, liquids, particulates, and gasses released and poses many health related risks if not properly and quickly addressed. Sewage remediation should be performed only by professionals who are trained to ensure that the job is handled correctly. The key is to ACT QUICKLY.
AFTERDISASTER’s goal is to immediately provide and mobilize the equipment and resources necessary to:
- Protect health and safety of occupants and workers
- Contain affected areas and secure structure
- Remove all sewage, excess water, and etc.
- Minimize existing damage
- Remove non salvageable materials
- Protect salvageable contents and pack out (if necessary)
- Clean, deodorize, and decontaminate salvageable structure and contents
- Dry affected areas
- Perform necessary structural repairs (after emergency services are completed)
Sewage may contain over 120 viruses, parasites, bacteria and other harmful organisms including Hepatitis, Giardia, Tapeworms, Roundworms, Salmonella, E. coli, etc.
If untrained personnel attempt to recover, clean or salvage sewage contaminated materials, they are potentially exposing themselves and building occupants to considerable health risks.
Containing the damage created by the sewage requires extensive knowledge and expertise. We have the experience, manpower and equipment necessary to perform emergency services quickly and effectively, reducing the damage to the contents and structure of your property, and rendering your property clean and safe for occupancy.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will your services be covered by insurance?
Only your insurance company can confirm or deny insurance coverage. AFTERDISASTER is contracted directly by you to perform emergency services.
When you authorize AFTERDISASTER to perform emergency services, you are simply authorizing the emergency portion of the job, which includes steps necessary to prevent further damage.
Will my insurance company pay AFTERDISASTER directly?
The agreement and authorization you signed authorizes your insurance company to pay AFTERDISASTER directly for the work. Since procedures vary by insurance company, we recommend you confirm whether they allow direct payment to contractors.
Are you bonded and insured?
Yes, we are licensed, bonded and insured. All of our team members wear a uniform of AFTERDISASTER red shirts and khaki pants so that we are professional in appearance and can be easily identified.
Will any demolition of the water damaged structure be required? This depends on the type of water (clean versus gray versus sewage) and the degree to which materials are saturated. Several other factors affect the amount of demolition including:
- The type of material (and its tendency to retain moisture)
- The degree to which we can access those materials and effectively dry them
- The amount of expansion in materials that has already occurred
- Any manufacturer’s specifications which require demolition
Our goal is to cost effectively dry structural materials and contents.
Can I turn the equipment off?
No, the equipment needs to run 24 hours /day. Only in the event that you are concerned about safety, should you turn the equipment off. In that event, simply unplug it and call us immediately.