Black Water Cleanup
Cleaning up a water spill such as caused by a broken pipe needs to be performed quickly to minimize the damage to your walls, floors, and furnishings. However, contaminated or black water cleanup is another matter that will require professional help.
What is Black Water?
This is water that is usually found in sewer lines which has been contaminated with pollutants, germs, bacteria, and waste before it gets treated. The name comes from the color of the water when fully contaminated, but you may find it to be a different color when it backs up from your sewer line.
While there are different contaminants present in the black water depending on its origin, the bottom line is that it presents a threat to those inside your home. This means that for a significant spill that goes onto the floor and into other rooms, evacuation of the home is recommended to limit exposure to the germs, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants in the water.
For all save the smallest spills that are contained to the sink, toilet, shower, or bathtub, you will need to call a professional restoration company that has a strong reputation for black water cleanup. Normally, a representative will arrive to inspect the damage and offer a free estimate for their services. Once you accept, a cleanup crew will arrive and start the process of removing the black water from your property.
The first step is the removal of the water itself along with any materials that have been damaged. This means that the cleanup crew, wearing protective gear, will remove the water and identify areas of your home such as the flooring, walls, and furnishings that have been damaged and contaminated. Once identified, they will be removed from the house to be sanitized and returned or to be replaced.
Once the water and affected materials have been removed, the next step is sanitizing the home so that the germs, bacteria, and viruses are destroyed. This is normally accomplished using products and methods that ensure all harmful elements have been fully destroyed so they do not present a threat to those living inside.
The final step is fully drying out the residence so that mold cannot grow. While mold is practically everywhere, it does not present a threat unless your home is humid and moist from the flooding. If not quickly dried out, the mold will start to collect on surfaces and spread throughout the residence, releasing millions of spores which can affect the health of those living inside. Plus, if left unchecked, mold may cause thousands of dollars in damage and in rare cases cause your home to be condemned.
If your home has been flooded by black water, you will need to leave the premises and call a professional restoration company that has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to safely remove the water, sanitize, and properly dry out your home so that it does not create additional damage. The faster you have black water cleanup performed, the better it will be for your home and those who live inside.