With the majority of the public ordered to stay at home, plumbers are busier now more than ever. HotJet USA has spoken to many of their customers who have indicated that they have seen a dramatic increase in clogs including wipes, paper towels, linen fabrics, gloves and more.
Can COVID-19 Be Spread Through the Sewer System?
The risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 through sewage systems is thought to be low. SARS, a similar coronavirus, has been detected in untreated sewage for up to 14 days. (Source: CDC.gov1)
Drain line cleaning with HOT WATER not only clears the most stubborn of clogs including blockages caused by Fats, Oils & Greases (FOG), the high temperatures associated with it have also been proven to break down the proteins that protect the virus. The use of equipment utilizing the combination of a proper bleach/sanitizing detergent mix, sufficient dwell time to neutralize the virus plus hot water technology to break down the proteins and clean away the virus, is one of the first lines of defense for creating the Sanitary Barriers needed to prevent the spread of germs like those that carry the coronavirus, COVID-19.
The Value of Added Sanitation Services
Service Professionals also play a vital role in the cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing of outdoor surfaces that will minimize the tracking of these dangerous substances indoors. Studies have proven that shoes are capable of tracking in dangerous bacteria and material like chewing gum and shopping carts can retain viable viruses for days.2 While an emphasis has been placed on keeping surfaces inside buildings clean and virus-free, one must remember that steps to minimize the tracking of dirt, bacteria, viruses and gunk into hospitals, stores, restaurants and buildings is also very important. Properly cleaning sidewalks, entryways and playground equipment is key to keeping these places clean, disinfected and properly sanitized.
Plumbers and other service professionals who have hot water jetting equipment, especially those with HotJet USA hot water jetters, are equipped to provide sanitation services for their customers. For questions about how you can pivot your services business to include sanitation, please contact HotJet USA toll-free at 1-800-624-8186.