Why Is Blackwater Contact Dangerous During Sewage Cleanup?

Blackwater is sewage waste filled with biological materials such as feces and cooking fat. This type of waste is very dangerous when people and animals come into contact with it. Here is what you need to know about blackwater and why contact is dangerous during any sewage cleanup.

What Is Blackwater?

The most obvious way to come into contact with blackwater is in floodwaters. Human waste can contain dangerous pathogens and bacteria that can cause diseases that can be spread from person to person. Blackwater can also be found in the kitchen because of the improper disposal of food waste, cooking oils, and grease that produce germs within the plumbing decay process.

Blackwater is also often found in the laundry as it contains pathogens and bacteria that can be harmful to people, animals, and the environment.  Because of the increased risks to humans and animals, experts must use specialized equipment to clear out the plumbing lines. It also helps reduce the likelihood that anyone that has contact with blackwater will suffer health-wise.

Is Black Water Dangerous?

Because blackwater has human waste and bacteria in it, human exposure can have serious consequences. Even if you can remove all the blackwater from an exposed area, the bacteria will remain on the surfaces. That is why it is critical to allow experts to treat all the exposed areas.

How Does Blackwater Cause Health Issues?

When a person has direct contact with blackwater that contains pathogens, bacteria, or algae, it can lead to serious health issues like headaches, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, pneumonia, memory loss, and appetite loss. Because of the seriousness of the symptoms that blackwater can cause, it’s best to let the sewage cleanup experts at Restore Pro handle spills.

Is Breathing in Sewage Harmful?

Sewage contains hydrogen sulfide, which is dangerous to humans and animals even at minimal levels. Over prolonged exposure, it can lead to respiratory illnesses. Besides breathing issues, it can also cause skin infections, fatigue, and in rare circumstances, organ failure, and even death.

What Happens When Blackwater Floods?

If blackwater floods your home, it’s important to dry the area as quickly as possible. The problem is that most people do not know what risks are present in contaminated blackwater. The Restore Pro experts have a 24/7 emergency policy to ensure we are on hand no matter when you need us. This reduces the threat to your family’s health or damage to the structural components.

What Are The Three Classifications Of Blackwater?

As our technicians arrive, it is important to perform a thorough inspection to classify the flood damage based on the contaminants in the water. Some are not harmful while others are deadly.

  • The first classification of floodwater has no contaminants and poses no threat to a home’s occupants. Typically, it can be cleaned up with general cleaning supplies.
  • The second classification is from a dirty water source, which could pose a threat to occupants. This waste can have harmful contaminants that can spread to surface areas.
  • The third classification is blackwater. This risk to humans and animals increases when floodwaters have human waste, toxic chemicals, and disease-causing organisms.

If you have a problem with blackwater spills and need sewage cleanup services, call 1-800-847-0114 or visit us at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911/ to learn more about this problem.