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Unsanitary Loss
 
   
   

No water damage situation is sanitary.  In fact according to the second edition of the IICRC standards (S500), a clean water loss can become an unsanitary loss with microbial growth in as little as 5 days. However, more contamination is possible with water from an unsanitary source. Health and safety issues are critical and instant response is vital.

   

Sewage restoration procedures after unsanitary situations must begin as quickly as possible. Microorganisms such as bacteria in sewage pose a very serious threat to human health.

 

You should also assume that airborne pathogens (mVOCs) are present after a sewer back-up. With that in mind, occupants should be evacuated immediately until decontamination procedures have been completed. Immediate specialized restoration procedures must be the first plan of action.