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What You Need To Know About Floods and Black Water

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

black water SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has teams to assist 24/7 after a water damage emergency or sewage backup.

If a flood comes to your California home you may wonder how safe it is to wade into the water. Many people believe that because rain caused the water damage, it is completely safe to touch. However, this is a dangerous assumption, because it could be black water.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Remediation Certification classifies water into these three categories:

• Clean
• Gray
• Black

Each of these types of water carries different risks. Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering but has not encountered contaminates.

The third categorization is more dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:

What Is It?

The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of microbes.

Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way?

When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches.

What Should Homeowners Do?

If you have water in your home after a storm, do not wade into it unless doing so is necessary. It is also important to dry out the area as soon as possible. That water can spread disease and cause mold growth.

It’s essential to call the experts at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara as quickly as possible after water damage or flooding occurs. Be sure to rid your home of the black water as soon as you can to keep you and your family safe.

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