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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Preventing Contaminated Water From Intrusion

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park receives several calls a week regarding overflowing toilets or other intrusions of contaminated water. The questions most property management companies ask is how do we prevent this.

According to Anne Arundel County Public Works:

“All homeowners, business, and facilities are required to install a backflow prevention assembly on point of use water supply lines where deemed necessary. Classification of hazard (low or high) will be determined to establish the type of backflow prevention assembly to be installed. All installation procedures and assemblies will have to meet definitions of certification and be approved. All testing of assemblies will also need to be performed by certified and County approved testers with an initial test after installation then annually or more frequently if deemed necessary (with relation to hazard) by Anne Arundel County. Proper maintenance and replacement of faulty assemblies will also be the responsibility of the business/homeowner.”

Click here to view Anne Arundel County’s Department of Public Works Sanitary Sewer Overflow Data.

If you have any questions regarding water line flushing, you may contact the Systems Evaluation and Rehabilitation Division at (410) 222-8407.

For more facts about Anne Arundel County water, click here.

The most important fact to understand about contaminated water is that is must be cleaned quickly and properly.

Water that is grossly contaminated could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes.
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup.

Sewage cleanup must not be taken lightly. Serious long term health issues to adults, children and even pets may occur due to bacteria, viruses and even parasites. Don't delay. Take immediate action. Call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park today at (410) 647-8181.

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