Bacteria and Sewage
If there has been a sewage backup, toilet overflow, or wastewater leak that produces an odor, it needs to be professionally cleaned up. Isolate the areas impacted and call a professional abatement company. Your chosen abatement company should follow the national standard for bacterial removal which is the IICRC S500.
The health-related issues with E.coli exposure are well documented. If you suspect a sewage leak or spill, preliminary testing can be performed to determine the presence of E.coli and/or Coliforms and the extent of the contamination. Preliminary asbestos and/or lead-based paint may be needed for repair work. Mold testing may also become applicable due to the saturation of building materials. We can provide sewage abatement validation reports. On more complex projects, clean-up directions with preliminary testing can also be provided.
After a sewage abatement (cleanup) and before the isolated areas are opened, bacterial testing should be performed to confirm the area can safely be re-occupied.