Microbial Contamination

Microbial Contamination refers to a variety of microorganisms, including mold, bacteria, viruses and protozoa, and fungi, which includes molds, yeasts, and their byproducts and toxins. all of these can affect the health of a building and its occupants

The most common microbial contamination is sewage

Sewage (such as human or animal fecal matter) poses a very dangerous health hazard, primarily bacteria, and viruses. Sewage in its liquid form will travel anywhere within a building if not stopped in a timely manner. This is why it is important to consider a sewage spill as an emergency. Our 24/7 emergency response team is IICRC certified for the remediation of microbial contamination as well as Biohazard and Hazmat cleanup.

What is Category 3 water damage or Microbial Contamination?


Water intrusion from a grossly unsanitary source that carries disease causing agents.


  • Discharge from toilet (other then urine)
  • Sewer line break
  • Septic back up
  • Rain water/flooding (that has traveled through outdoor ground)

Is it dangerous?

Many procedures are necessary to insure the safety of the residents and employees when handling a category 3 water intrusion or Microbial Contamination. Anyone that comes in contact with affected materials should wear rubber gloves, respiratory protection, eye protection, body covering and rubber boots.

Homeowners and residents may not be able to stay in affected areas due to the potential of hazardous contaminants. Especially, those with a compromised immune system, the very young and elderly and those who have undergone recent surgeries or chemotherapy.

Cleaning and decontamination procedures are a must. All affected materials must be removed and safely disposed of. This may include but not limited to carpet, carpet padding, baseboards, wall board (dry wall), sub floors (depending on material or component), laminated floor and insulation.

Salvageable materials must be cleaned and decontaminated before the drying process can begin.

An air cleaner may be used for odor control and air purification (air scrubber with a HEPA and carbon filters).

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