Experience Is A Must When Dealing With Sewage
Sewage Damage needs to be addressed immediately. It is good to know the difference in what can and can not be saved from your contents affected.
1. Highly porous materials (can not be salvaged) – carpet pad, carpeting, rugs, cardboard boxes, books, wicker, cloth upholstery, laminate flooring, non-painted drywall, wood floors and mattresses.
2. Semi-porous materials (can usually be salvaged if treated immediately) – vinyl wall coverings, vinyl upholstery, hardboard furniture, cabinetry, wood construction materials (wall studs), painted drywall, etc.
3. Nonporous materials (can almost always be salvaged) – Formica, vinyl, linoleum, concrete, tile, etc.
The determination of the contents being salvageable is how long the raw sewage sat soaking or touching the surfaces. The longer it sits, the greater the saturation and the greater the chance for other harmful agents such as black mold to grow. So when reviewing the list above, please bear in mind that generally speaking the loss must be addressed within hours of the damage occurring.