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Examples of Black Water and Why It's so Dangerous

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded waters reaching stairs in the inside if a house Black water is the most contaminated form of flooding.

Examples of Black Water and Why It's so Dangerous

Homeowners are likely no strangers to water damage, whether from a leaky sink or a clogged drain. However, few property owners have experience with black water or category 3 water damage. With significant contamination from bacteria, fecal matter, urine or chemicals, always call a water mitigation company in Timberwood Park, TX, to remove the water from your home. There are many potential sources of category three water, but three are more likely.

  1. Sewage backup
  2. External flood
  3. Industrial spills

Sewage Backup
The most common source of heavily contaminated water in residential properties is a sewage backup. Sewage will often back up from the lowest point in your property, so if you have a basement, it may come up from the lowest waste drain. Homeowners unless should never attempt sewage cleanup unless they have experience. However, many states prohibit homeowner cleanup because of the material contamination and disposal process.

External Flood
While an internal flood is more often the cause of black water flooding, external floods can also cause the problem. When rainstorms lead to the flooding of rivers, lakes and other water sources, moving inland, they often overwhelm the sewer systems. Natural floods quickly mix with wastewater, transforming a gray water source into category three.

Industrial Spills
A level three water category refers to the contaminants in the water and the hazard to humans. Industrial or chemical spills can reach the highest contamination levels, and while many of these spills occur in manufacturing facilities, residential properties can experience them too. Many people have garages or basements filled with cleaning chemicals, paints, gasoline and other items. While these items are fine stored separately, they can become volatile when mixed in a freshwater source.
Black water is the most contaminated form of flooding. Do not touch or wade through this water type. Contact a professional water mitigation service to remove the water and restore your property.

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