Since the first plumbing systems were developed in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece, we’ve continued to come up with ways to handle our waste in safe, hygienic ways. Municipal, commercial, and residential septic systems are effective ways of containing, treating, and breaking down sewage matter today. However, if those plumbing systems are compromised by flooding, earthquakes, and other disasters, there is a high risk of community exposure to raw sewage and wastewater. Exposure to raw sewage is a dangerous problem because of the possible diseases and other harmful bacteria that are present in human and animal waste. Sewage can contain pathogens from E. coli to those causing Hepatitis A, and exposure to those contaminants can lead to outbreaks and even epidemics. If you are in need of removal and cleanup of raw sewage, we can help. ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration offers comprehensive, quick sewage cleanup in Chester Springs, PA, and the surrounding neighborhoods.
There are many reasons why you might be facing exposure to raw sewage in your home, business, or even outdoors in your community. Flooding is becoming a greater and greater risk as we see the effects of climate change. When flooding occurs, the waters often contain and spread raw sewage. Problems with your building’s plumbing can also lead to raw sewage exposure.
Raw Sewage Exposure
An uncommon cause of raw sewage exposure happened in March when a septic truck tank leaked over 500 gallons of raw sewage in a South Coatesville, PA, neighborhood. Septic trucks use contained systems to routinely pump out residential septic tanks. These trucks typically contain 3,000-5,000 gallons of raw sewage at any time. Because these trucks travel between communities, they also contain sewage from a wide source of properties.
Emergency Sewage Cleanup
The leak with this particular truck happened when a viewport glass on the tank cracked. The parked truck emptied 500-1,000 gallons of raw sewage, and the Chester County biohazards team was called in for emergency cleanup. The county also was required to notify the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Modena Fire Company Station 37 team.
This emergency cleanup and quick action to remove all raw sewage from the scene is because of the dangers those materials can carry. If you are facing any issues of raw sewage leaking into your home or business, you should always seek the help of a professional cleanup provider.
Our team of sewage cleanup technicians offers emergency, rapid removal, cleaning, and sanitizing of any space affected by raw sewage and wastewater. For more information about sewage cleanup in Chester Springs, PA, contact ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration at (610) 524-8003 to reach our main office in Exton, PA.