Today we responded to a water damage call in San Bruno. Our customer's tree roots had penetrated an old terracotta main line pipe, causing a sewage back flow into the lower level of the home.
The tree roots that caused the sewage back up in the house .
Vacate sewage-contaminated areas right away! Areas of sewage spill should not be occupied by people who are not wearing appropriate protective equipment as they are dangerous.
Sewage spills contain contaminants that can cause serious illness or disease. Disease causing agents in raw sewage include; bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses and can cause serious illnesses including bacterial infections, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Leptospirosis, infections by Cryptosporidium & Giardia and gastrointestinal diseases.
You should assume that any surface or material touched by sewage is contaminated.
WATCH OUT: Unless you are wearing appropriate safety gear, do not enter spaces that have been contaminated with sewage, as toxic, flammable or asphyxiating or even explosive gases including methane and hydrogen sulfide as well as airborne pathogens may be present.
Keep children & pets out of the sewage-spill area.