Biohazard and Sewage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Emergency Tips and Advice for Kansas City Residents Facing Sewage or Other Biohazards

There are a variety of events that can foster a biohazardous risk to occupants of businesses and homes in the Kansas City area. We often think of a chemical spill, septic tank or municipal sewer line blockage as the culprit. The common threat in any biohazardous circumstance is exposure to pathogens, viruses, bacteria, or chemical compounds that can endanger the well-being of your family and perhaps your neighbors.

The Most Important Tips

• Stay away from any suspected contaminated area
• Call in a professional service to remove the threat
• Relocate personal items away from the encroaching hazard
• Do not enter contaminated groundwater to remove items; it is not worth the risk to your safety
• Wear a face mask or respirator if you must remain nearby
• Back to Tip number One--stay away

SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa has the trained personnel, while wearing PPE person protection equipment, to deal with and remove biohazardous elements following OSHA and EPA guidelines.

Many Kansas City Homes Contain Asbestos and Lead-Based Paints

These are two materials that are not visible but are embedded in paints, used as insulation in furnace ductwork, a strengthener for plaster and many building materials, and more. When not disturbed due to a remodel or restoration service following a flood or fire, they pose a small threat. Special permits are required for abatement, why would you want to DIY? Avoid the risks!

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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.

24 Hour Emergency Service

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

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Olathe
  • Lenexa
  • Shawnee
  • Merriam
  • Overland Park
  • Kansas City
  • Leawood
  • Prairie Village
  • Gardner
  • Mission
  • Spring Hill
  • New Century
  • Edgerton
  • Craig