Recent Biohazard Posts

Sewage Cleanup & Restoration in Seekonk, MA

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that sewage backups are more than just a foul-smelling mess? These backups contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes. Be SERVPRO Ready and know what contaminated water is.

There are three types of contaminated water:

Category 1 – Clear Water

  • Includes water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If not treated, it can turn into category 2 or 3

Category 2 – Gray Water

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can result from a washing machine, dishwasher, or toilet overflow

Category 3 – Black Water

  • May contain untreated sewage, chemicals, and microbes
  • Highly contaminated and can cause severe illness
  • Results from water from flooding rivers or sewer backups

Tips & Facts:

  • Only restoration professionals should cleanup sewage backups
  • Don’t run any water down drains until the blockage has been cleared
  • Keep children away from contaminated areas
  • Dispose of or wash any contaminated objects (bedding, clothing, carpets)

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, our professionals are trained and ready to treat any contaminated water issues 24 hours, 365 days a year. Never hesitate to give us a call or visit our website.

Cleanup After A Norovirus Outbreak

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

It’s important to clean and thoroughly disinfect the air and surfaces after a norovirus outbreak. This highly contagious virus can continue to spread if nothing’s done, leading to more people becoming sick.

The sooner the cleanup begins, the sooner employees, students, and customers can come back to work and school. Without the proper cleaning, the norovirus could begin to spread again. The best course of action is to shut down temporarily and let SERVPRO of The Attleboros put an end to the virus in your establishment.

What Is The Norovirus?

Norovirus is often referred to as the stomach flu or food poisoning but is something different. The symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Symptoms may start within 12 hours. Inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines creates a painful situation for anyone affected. No one is immune and germs spread easily between infected people contaminated surfaces and contaminated food and water.

The virus is difficult to clean with normal hand washing, leading to more contaminated surfaces and food. With 21 million people being affected yearly, cleaning is the most important step you can take to prevent the virus from spreading any further than it already has.

Biohazard Cleanup And Restoration

The moment you suspect a norovirus outbreak, you should send everyone home and schedule a biohazard cleanup. Trying to do it yourself could not only leave you sick, but you may miss areas, resulting in a second virus outbreak as soon as people return to your business or school.

At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we follow all OSHA and health regulations to safely and thoroughly remove and dispose of biohazards. We offer 24 hours a day emergency response to get your norovirus situation under control as quickly as possible. The structure doesn’t matter. We clean all restaurants, businesses, and schools the same.

Cleaning Air And Surfaces

Norovirus isn’t limited just to surfaces. Our trained technicians use specialized equipment and EPA approved disinfectants to deeply clean all surfaces, including furniture and other items within your structure. They also set up special equipment to help clean the air to prevent any airborne germs from re-contaminating surfaces. If containment is necessary, we’ll set up containment areas to reduce contamination.

Everyone’s vulnerable during a norovirus outbreak. The best way to prevent it from getting worse is to call SERVPRO of The Attleboros immediately at (508) 223-0505.