Identifying Sewage Contamination to Protect Building Occupants from Exposure Risks
Clark Seif Clark provides testing and consulting services to identify and resolve indoor environmental quality issues associated with water damage.
While any type of water damage to the interior of a home or business can cause expensive repairs and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues, when the damage is due to sewage these concerns and costs only increase.
Sewage contamination, two words that no property owner or tenant ever wants to hear. While any type of water damage to the interior of a home or business can cause expensive repairs and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues, when the damage is due to sewage these concerns and costs only increase.
In addition to the odors and unpleasant nature of sewage contamination, it can also destroy building materials, furnishings and belongings. Some nonporous materials can potentially be cleaned and disinfected, but most porous materials will need to be discarded.
Sewage contamination can expose people to a wide range of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa and parasites. Standing water and wet materials will allow many of these organisms to multiply and the introduced moisture can result in the rapid growth of mold on many materials throughout a property. In some circumstances, there could even be potentially hazardous chemicals mixed in with the sewage.
“Contact with any of these contaminants or pathogens could result from direct contact, ingestion or inhalation,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark (CSC). “All building occupants could be at risk, but this is especially true for anyone with a weakened or suppressed immune system. Due to the health concerns and complications associated with properly assessing and remediating sewage contamination, property owners faced with this scenario should look for expert advice and help. At CSC, our indoor environmental consultants can test and assess the damage and help to ensure that remediation efforts properly handle the situation to safely return the property to its original condition. These services also help to make sure that insurance claims address all of the issues covered by the policy and that problems are not overlooked or improperly handled.”
CSC recently sponsored an educational video about sewage contamination, property damage and exposure concerns that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/XBRUJEwnVMo
To learn more about this or other property damage, indoor air quality, occupational, environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.csceng.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 807-1118.
About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address environmental, IAQ, and health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.
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