A sewage flood within your camping trailer or RV is a situation that can occur and is not something you want to experience. While cleaning out and draining the black, or sewage waste tank, it is possible to incorrectly complete this process. Instead of draining the waste water out the exterior drain pipe, it can build up in the tank and overflow out the toilets and into your RV or camper, leaving your cabinets, carpeting, and other storage compartments below the floor filled with raw sewage waste. Here are some tips to help you clean up after this disastrous situation.
The first task you will need to act on is to clean out the sewage from your trailer or RV. This type of clean-up is not a regular type of household cleaning, as raw sewage contains bacteria and viruses that can make you and others very sick. At the least, if you were to handle the clean-up on your own you would need to wear a protective suit and a respirator and face mask to prevent inhalation of any toxins present.
Hiring a professional water damage clean-up company is the best option, as they can clean up all traces of the raw sewage in a safe manner. They will clean solid and porous surfaces to rid your trailer's interior of bacteria using appropriate cleaners and steam cleaners. A sewage flood is considered an emergency situation due to the health risks, so a professional clean-up company will send out a clean-up team to your location immediately.
Mold Remediation and Area Dehumidification
When a flood containing sewage inside your trailer or RV has gone undiscovered for more than one day, the chances of mold growth within the space increases a great deal. For this reason, it is important to deal with any mold growth inside your RV or trailer, cleaning surfaces that can be cleaned and removing damaged materials.
Many interiors of trailers and RVs are constructed of lightweight compressed wood, which can absorb a large amount of moisture and allow mold growth, leading to mold growth behind panels and walls. Any porous wall and panel material with mold growth may need to be discarded, as it cannot be thoroughly cleaned of mold. Be sure to remove it and bag it up in trash bags to dispose of it into a dumpster.
It is next important to dry out the interior of your RV or trailer quickly with the use of dehumidifiers and fans to circulate air and aid drying. If you have been working with a water damage restoration company, they will likely manage the drying-out process of the interior to make sure additional mold does not continue to grow. For more information, contact a business that offers water damage restoration.