Water damage Denver people good to be back with you. Big Foot restoration and repair. Big footnotes of the day. Bought podcast of gold is back at Ya. And I’m, Hey, let’s just summarize this week here at this big foot restoration, a good week, busy week, saw a lot of extreme temperatures. Believe we touched 81 day. Definitely we’re in the high sixties and Seventies. A good portion earlier in the week and uh, kind of unfortunately, but not so much on it. Unexpectedly temperature’s dipped. Got a bit of a cold spell. People suggested maybe we were getting bombed cyclone clone 2.0 that did not really happen, but we did dip down pretty low into the twenties and thirties. Lots of precipitation, low temps, water damage Denver, you saw it. We knew it was coming and uh, wasn’t too bad. But, um, in any case, this time of year can play with our heart and our emotions can make us think we’re in spring and summer mode and then psych, it’s back down into the twenties and thirties was snow cold temperatures, cloudy skies, kind of frustrating and I can kind of wreak havoc on um, our plans.

And certainly if a, if anybody’s gotten a little too hasty with getting their sprinklers turned back on or other things, water damage Denver, you know, it can occur. It did. It probably will one or two more times before we get into true summer mode. But, um, regardless of what we’re going through right now, I think probably a couple of things that we’re going to address today is, uh, going to be more along the line of sewage and just kind of what category three water damage Denver is a kind of encompasses and it’s not always super gross nasty stuff coming up from, you know, from the main drain or something like that, although that, that happens quite often. But, uh, we’ll just take a brief brief stroll down a category three line today and, um, hopefully educate our listeners and others that might be interested in certainly how to prevent, um, water damage.

Denver and surrounding Metro area said many times we’re a, we’re not just contained to the, to the Denver area, we’ll go wherever help is needed. So what is sewage? Well, um, it, um, it can be classified as a number of different things, but really to be very frank, it, it’s a type of loss that is really different than any other type of cleaning procedure at. There’s no doubt it requires more specific and unfortunately that kind of, it’s just more costly as far as the cleaning procedures are, are, are laid out, uh, personnel need to be trained. It’s not a good idea to try to DIY this sort of thing. We see that every day though. People haven’t pretty major sewer backups and getting down in it themselves without the proper equipment, without the proper precautions, and it’s just not worth the risk that goes along with getting into that nasty stuff.

So in any case, um, another kind of point when it comes to this sort of thing is that verification sampling is, it’s really critical to ensure, number one, that the structure has been returned to a sanitary condition. And also that there is absolutely zero pathogens remaining once, once all the mitigation cleanup has been, uh, performed. So what, what is category three water? What is, what is this kind of category that we’re talking about? So, um, to get a little nerdy on you, it’s a basically category three contains pathogenic agents and is what we call grossly unsanitary. It includes sewage and other contaminated water sources as could be entering facting indoor environment, uh, from things such as backflows, uh, that originate beyond the trap. And regardless of what you see, what’s visible or color or odor, um, that that doesn’t really matter. And also we’ve talked in previous podcasts about category one and category two water, which is, you know, what people would refer to maybe as a clean water break from a pipe.

Um, and perhaps, uh, you know, other may be more gray water, toilet water, that that’s within the, yeah, before the trap. So somewhat, I don’t want to call it sanitary, but not quite as contaminated. And in either of those cases, if those losses aren’t um, mitigated in a timely manner, those can turn into category three as well. And it doesn’t take long so it can get serious pretty soon, you know, even from a, a pretty minor loss to turn into something more, more contaminated and more problematic. Um, believe it or not a category three, and we don’t have to worry about this here, you know, water damage Denver is not con, you know, Denver isn’t concerned with what this sort of thing, but it can come from seawater category three, um, just because of, you know, the innate pollutants and things like that. A category three can also come from flooding from ground surface water, a rise water that’s rising from streams and streams and rivers.

So, you know, just depending on the water table in your area, uh, the groundswell may, you know, kind of rise quicker than others. Just kind of depends. If you’re in a flood plain in areas where there’s already a certain moisture content to the ground and it doesn’t take much new, uh, moisture being introduced for those levels to rise and to potential flooding to occur. So those sorts of things aren’t typically what we think we would think of with respect to sewage, but they are still categorized, categorized as category three and again need to be, uh, responded to in a very specific, very professional manner. So three types, um, of, of sewage or what people, you know, technically what would be con considered sewage from end. Uh, the industry is domestic, industrial and nonpoint sources. So domestic, residential, industrial, commercial in the nonpoint sources would be, uh, things such as ground surface, again, see river and atmospheric water and going back to the domestic side of things, that sort of sewage, it’s going to contain literally billions of microorganisms and, uh, those facilitate in the degradation process.

But they also contain organisms that really can cause infectious disease allergy, you know, allergic and toxicity, toxic disease as well. So not, uh, not to be fooled around with need to be dealt with by professional. Um, again, to get a little bit raw here, but I’m not to get too in depth. Um, all sorts of pathogens can be found in sewage, things that can be highly detrimental to health and safety. So you’re talking about things like eco lie, um, Salmonella Shigella. Um, viruses can definitely be a part of, you know, kind of what’s in sewage and that includes things like Hepatitis A and B, rotavirus, GI viruses. There’s just all sorts of things that can be, you know, floating around so to speak. So, um, when, when we, or any, you know, professional certified company comes in contact with or is being approached with, with the job scope like this, um, what is absolutely necessary and needs to be in the correct order is kind of the, I mean, just something like this.

So we’ll need to identify and eliminate the source. That’s kind of key with any sort of loss. If something’s continuing to happen, you can’t really start a, the mitigation process. You have to identify the source and then make sure that it’s eliminated, that it’s not happening anymore. The next thing is proper PPE. PPE stands for personal protective equipment and there’s, there’s relative, um, terms when it comes to this, a, a homeowner might go at it with, um, you know, putting plastic bags around their shoes and getting, getting the, the rubber gloves out from under the sink that is not proper PPE. Um, it’s just not, and you know, it stuff, uh, again that you just want to leave to a professional. So professional will totally suit up and proper Ppe to make themself a safe and arm free. Next we’re going to set up containment and that, you know, it was just kind of depending on the situation, but if areas need to be contained, then that’s a huge step in the process.

Next is removal of everything that’s been affected. And a, again, that, uh, that’s purely by, um, the operations manuals that we, that we adhere to, which is the s 500 and the s five 20. So water damage, um, sort of certified, um, standard with the s 500 and then mold. And um, that sort of thing is, is what’s addressed in the [inaudible]. So removal, cleaning, um, if anti microbials need to be used, um, then that’s, that’s a part of that process. And, and finally, Verification Testing, making sure that everything has been, uh, addressed and that the structure, the environment is ready to be lived in, worked in, um, inhabited again. So, um, again, um, just kind of a quick little synopsis there of what, what that kind of damage, what that kind of a loss would necessitate as far as a professional coming in and, and doing things properly.

So let’s see. Moving along, um, going back to the fact that you know, something as simple as a category one loss, it certainly candid deteriorate into a category two and then a category three, and that takes time. And, um, essentially as time passes, what you’re going to maybe not see, but you need to understand is that micro organisms, uh, that inevitably would exist in a category one loss. They will grow, they will multiply and eventually, and again, just depending on conditions, environment, things like that, they can definitely become category three. Um, preexisting conditions can, can effect that temperature. Um, and again, just environmental conditions will decide how quickly in prominently, um, thanks deteriorate. So, you know, oftentimes one of the main questions is, well, okay, we’ve got, got this situation, we’ve got this, this loss, can we still live here? Can people still work here?

Um, what’s going on when, you know, what’s reality? How do we stay safe and healthy? So, um, that is kind of a case by case situation. Um, you know, an indoor environmental specialist might need to come in and kind of give the ultimate determining say so on a, that sort of question. So it, it just kinda depends. But, um, you know, considerations would be just the level of contamination. What exactly are we dealing with here? Who is occupying the structure? Do we have young children? Do we have elderly folks? Do we have potential, you know, folks that are, uh, kind of just naturally immunocompromised, you know, people that have, um, real high sensitivities or things that are going to affect them maybe more than the typical person. And then as well, we want to know if there’s any upper [inaudible] pregnant, pregnant women. Uh, we certainly, we’ve, we feel that they’re high higher risk.

We wouldn’t want them to ever be in a situation that would compromise them or are there a little one as they go through their pregnancy. So a couple considerations there as to, you know, if, if the structure should be occupied while I’m proper mitigation that’s taking place. Um, so anyway, you know, as far as what goes on when, uh, when you’ve got a loss of this type, um, you know, there’s all sorts of things that may be necessary to get right at it and getting the job scope. But certainly removing any excess water, any excess sewage that you know, is still present, uh, is key. So you’re talking about potentially bringing in submersible pumps, septic punk pump trucks, you know, sometimes truck mount systems can extract that sort of thing. Um, other people may imply, you know, different types of equipment, whether it’s portable or truck mounted, little wet vacs, whatever, um, whatever is used to get that, you know, nasty stuff out of there, it’s all going to need to be very, very, very, very thoroughly decontaminated once, uh, once that equipment has done being used.

So, uh, not that that would be our clients, um, concern. But if for instance, you do use your little wet back to try to get after something, um, that’s not something to just be used and then tossed in the back in the basement storage room or back in the garage. It, it needs to be sterilized and cleaned up really, really well. Or else you just have some really gross a bacteria and all sorts of potential problems hanging out on your, on your little machine there. So obviously, you know, removing anything water-related moisture related removal of um, uh, sub that, you know, can’t be saved. So carpet, padding, um, soft goods that, you know, once they’re affected by a certain type of bacteria, they should really just be disposed of. There’s no point in trying to, to save him or are clean and it’s just not worth it.

So all of that, you know, affected material needs to be removed and, um, needs to be disposed of properly. Um, it’s gonna help with odor. It’s gonna present, you know, prevent cross contamination. There’s just a lot of benefits and in that, uh, so along with that though, um, probably most of the time other equipment’s going to need to be, um, included in the process. Uh, we use air scrubbers, we use a number of different types of odor neutralizing machines that, uh, you know, are basically the whole point of it is just too with the air scrubbers there, Hepa filtration, um, enabled. So it’s going to capture particulate, um, at the most efficient level and a scrub that air and make it clean. And, um, you know, as well as the odor neutralizing machines, those aren’t, you know, a masking agent or something that just is designed to put a nice perfume sorta thing into the air.

It is more specifically designed to completely eliminate and neutralize the odors from that sort of loss. So, uh, you know, there’s, there’s a number of different other considerations, you know, with structural materials that would need to be addressed. And, you know, really quite honestly, I suppose that, um, we’re getting into the technical side of things now that, you know, when we do a job for before a party, uh, it, it’s always going to be something where we will communicate and kind of explain everything we’re doing, everything that needs to be done. But, uh, in the end we’re not going to, we’re not going to burden the client with all of the technical information. Uh, we’ll just let them know that things are progressing. We’ll always, uh, have everything available if they want to see kind of the progress of things and how things are reading as far as, you know, the, the instrumentation that we use to make sure things are drying out and that things are being handled appropriately.

And certainly visually. Um, there’s just always an interest in seeing the progress, how things, you know, looked at the beginning and kind of through the process and there again at the end and ready for rebuilt. So, um, water damage, Denver and even water damage Denver, it is a can go hand in hand. Again, if you have a category one water damage Denver, if you have a category to water damage Denver you, uh, you want, it’s in your best interest to, to get after, um, the mitigation and the clean up of that stuff asap so it doesn’t progress into category three a, I hope this hasn’t been too technical. Hope it’s hope. It’s provided some, some kind of clarification on how um, category three house, how sewage type losses can work. And we never wish this on anyone, but if you do ever have this sort of situation, please reach out to big foot restoration and repair. Seven two zero five seven five foot. We are here when you need us.