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Commerical Water Damage in Chicago Due to Sewage Leaks

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage in a Manufacturing Plant

Water Damage Remedation Can Prevent Employee Health Issues

One of the more dangerous types of Chicago water damage which can occur in your commercial property is the leakage of sewage. Sewage contains bacteria, fungi, and viruses, many which can cause a lot of health concerns, including mold. Many people sadly do not realize the hazards that sewage can bring into your building, especially for those who are very old or young, and for anyone who already has an immune system which has been compromised or who have respiratory problems

As a business owner, there are some fundamental principles you should know about sewer backups and water damage:

Sewage hosts several different pathogenic and disease-causing bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Anyone who is working on losses of sewage has to have vaccinations which are up to date, including their Hepatitis B.


Exposure to sewage is dangerous, especially for anyone under the age of two or over the age of sixty, for people with weakened immune systems, anyone who is recovering from surgery, for women who are pregnant, anyone who has AIDS, or anyone on chemotherapy or prescription drugs.

It is unsafe to stay in a building which has been flooded by sewage unless the area that is contaminated can be totally sealed off and put under a controlled air flow, so there is not a danger of cross contamination to sectors that are not affected.

Materials that are highly absorbent and saturated with sewage material such as carpeting, carpet padding, upholstery, insulation, and drywall that cannot be laundered for at least ten minutes in hot water will need to be trashed.  It is too big of a health risk to only clean and dry these materials.

Only professionals who are highly trained should be performing your sewage and water damage remediation work near Chicago. Afterward, a third party environmental professional can do post-remediation verification to make sure your building is safe to re-occupy.

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City has the training, equipment, and experience to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies around Chicago. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building in Chicago, or big box store in Downtown Chicago, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Call us 24/7 to get your doors reopened. (773) 337-3900

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