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Porosity – A Crucial Factor Considered by Cleanup Professionals During Sewer Backup Cleanup in Clifton, NJ

December 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Sewage spills are unsightly and unhygienic. If you’ve experienced a sewage spill in your home in Clifton, NJ, or anywhere throughout Northern New Jersey, it’s essential that you take urgent steps to rectify the situation. The experts at ServiceMaster Metropolitan can perform sewage cleanup quickly to ensure that your home is clean and safe again.


Benefits of Hiring a Professional Firm for Sewer Cleanup

Our professionals have the necessary expertise and extensive knowledge to judge the level of porosity in the material that has been affected. This knowledge is utilized by our professionals to judge whether materials can be salvaged or whether they should be discarded.

An experienced firm will be able to differentiate between building materials to determine what items are salvageable or not; especially when sentimental items are in question during a sewage cleanup.


Determining Level of Porosity

There are three main categories into which things are divided based on porosity:

  • Highly porous
  • Semi-porous
  • Non-porous

It’s possible that during sewer damage cleanup restoration professionals will find that some items possess varied levels of porosity.

For example, painted drywall generally has very low porosity; however, the base of the drywall may be unpainted and therefore will have a higher porosity.

In the following sections, we will go through these three different categories of materials.


Highly Porous

Some examples of highly porous materials include carpets, upholstery, and rugs. If salvageable, the technicians will remove and store them in an offsite location where they can be properly treated.

Other highly porous items in the home that cannot be saved will be discarded by the restoration experts. These may include carpet cushioning, tack-less strip, cardboard, and wicker.

It will not be possible to restore items such as saturated mattresses and cloth upholstery. Our technicians will discard these items for you.



Other things such as linoleum, vinyl wall coverings, hardboard furniture, and construction materials like wood, painted drywall, and plaster fall into the category of semi-porous materials.

Sewage cleanup professionals will try to clean and disinfect them, or if it becomes necessary, replace them when cleanup is performed.



Our technicians are equipped with advanced equipment (like moisture meters) to check for sub-surface contamination in various non-porous things like vinyl, tile finishing, and linoleum. If the contamination has not migrated under the surface, restoration professionals will be able to completely restore the non-porous items.

If you are facing a disturbing sewage spill, the technicians at ServiceMaster Metropolitan can clean up the mess and restore everything affected by sewage in your home in Clifton, NJ, or anywhere across Northern New Jersey.

Don’t hesitate to call us on our customer support number at (855) 560-7999 and we will immediately send a team of  experienced technicians to check the extent of the damage and start the necessary cleanup.

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