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3 Dangers of Blackwater


Blackwater may be one of the most hazardous types of water that can invade your home. Beyond the ick factor it represents, this type of water is filled with perils, including but certainly not limited to those listed below.

1. Promotes Growth of Dangerous Fungi

Without the appropriate treatment, you may find a few unwelcome guests remain long after water has been removed from your home. These guests include fungi, such as Penicillium and Aspergillus.  These things can lurk in wallboards and other out of the way locations in your home, contaminating the air you breathe.

2. Biohazard Exposure

Blackwater may come from toilets containing remnants of human waste, fecal matter, and a wide variety of bacteria. Exposure to this form of black water can lead to serious illnesses and sometimes even death.

Simply removing the water in affected areas doesn’t remove the bacteria from the surfaces of your home. You’ll need help from a remediation service technician qualified to handle biohazards in order to remove the toxins and pathogens that remain.

3. Mold and Mildew

While not as terrifying to the mind as the biohazard perils of black water, any water in your home can lead to mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew can grow inside your walls, in your attics, and in other places throughout your home.

Mold and mildew can cause long-term health problems – especially upper respiratory. Financial devastation is another possibility as you work to repair the damage they cause to the structure of your home.

Homeowners in Buncombe County, North Carolina and surrounding areas need to be aware of the dangers black water represents and understand the importance of removing the water and toxins it leaves behind.

Call on the professionals at ServiceMaster of Buncombe County to answer any questions you may have and to remove the threats lurking in your home.

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