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Why Proper Waste Disposal Is Essential After a Flood or Sewer Backup

Last updated 3 years ago

A home flood is often a traumatic ordeal. Depending on the level of the floodwaters, you may lose irreplaceable keepsakes or have to replace materials such as the floors and non-load bearing walls in your home. You may have to find other living arrangements while your home is cleared and restored. After a flood, it is important that you properly dispose of waste in order to:

Avoid Contamination
Floodwater is often contaminated with bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. If the flood is the result of a sewage backup, then it contains wastewater that almost certainly poses a biological hazard. Rainwater that enters your home after a storm drain backup may contain any number of contaminants, depending on what materials have washed into the drain. By extension, the materials that become waterlogged may be contaminated.

Clear the Way for Remodeling
If drywall and flooring in your home have become damaged beyond repair, you will need to remodel the interior. Before you can do this, you will need to demolish interior walls. You should rent a dumpster so that you have a place to put all your waste materials as you remove them. This is much easier than hauling carloads off to recycling centers or landfills yourself.

Avoid Public Safety Hazards
Owners of commercial spaces, especially the owners of apartment complexes or offices, need to address any flooding immediately. If waterlogged materials are allowed to remain in areas where tenants or building occupants can go, they may pose a public safety hazard, especially if mold or bacteria begin to grow in the flood area. Wet materials can also cause floor or wall collapse, which can injure renters or employees and lead to expensive lawsuits.

During your cleanup, in New Jersey can provide delivery and pick up of large waste disposal containers to make the process easier. For more information about our dumpster rentals, call us today at (201) 258-3699 or visit us online


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