How to treat sewage in carpets
Homeowners who experience a double whammy of flooding and power outages from spring or summer storms are especially susceptible to mold growth. Especially when that floodwater is really sewage water. Especially very porous materials like carpet, carpet pad, and insulation that's in walls are going to be the breeding grounds for mold, bacteria and other gross smells. If it’s just plain water the sooner you start cleaning up after that water damage, the sooner you can stop mold from growing under your carpet.
The recommendation for carpet and pad that have been damaged by sewage is that they are removed and disposed of since this is considered a Category III loss. Sewage damage is the most dangerous form of water cleanup. The possibility of blood-borne pathogens and other contaminants is high.
This creates the issue of making all carpet affected by the sewage to be unsalvageable. If a company were to just clean and leave the carpet there and it seemed fine, there is no guarantee it can ever be truly clean. This also means that if the room where the issue occurred were to get warm, you would almost immediately smell the sewage that was ‘cleaned’ from the carpet before. Leaving not only your home in danger but your family.
There is no telling where the sewage is originating from, meaning you have fecal matter and pathogens originating from an unknown foreign source leaving you and your family susceptible to illness and disease. We here at SERVPRO of Ames are trained to properly handle these issues with the proper equipment. Leave it to the professionals to properly handle your home and keep your family safe.