Biohazard and Sewage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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What Is Safe to Do After a Biohazardous Threat in Your Miami Home?

Because of biohazard cleaning being such a broad area of expertise for our SERVPRO team, general advice about how customers should handle these situations must vary considerably. While you might be able to remove some of the undamaged valuable belongings in your Miami house to a safe location after a situation like hoarding, crime scenes might require you to vacate the premises entirely until post-investigation cleanup has finished.

In most situations, your safety and wellbeing after a disaster rest entirely in your hands. For most bio-threats, however, it is often most beneficial to leave the full recovery and restoration work to our qualified professionals and not attempt to help before our arrival. This caution can prevent unnecessary risk to your health, and prevent additional recovery needs for your Miami residence.

Immediate Steps to Faster Restoration After Biohazards

From the time that you first discover a threat to your home, it is critical to get the right professionals en route as soon as possible. Because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we have technicians ready to mobilize at all hours of the day. In most situations, we can reach a damaged home or business within hours of the first notice of loss.

Before then, you can:

  • Catalog damaged contents
  • Take pictures of the damage when possible
  • Collect irreplaceable belongings to relocate when safe to do so
  • Seal off the damaged area

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After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

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Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of South Miami has water damage restoration specialists and has specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Cocoplum
  • South Miami
  • Coral Gables
  • Coconut Grove
  • Coral Terrace
  • Key Biscayne