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What is Black Water?

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Floods and water damage can bring about many different forms of damage that have a serious impact on the safety of your business or home. However, the most dangerous type of damage comes for black water, which can make an area incredibly dangerous to occupy.

What Is Black Water?

Black water is floodwater that is contaminated by raw sewage or human waste. Whenever flood water contains bacteria and contaminants that pose serious risks of illness, it is known as black water. Black water contamination is a major risk regardless of where you live. Black water poses serious health risks that can be life-threatening and should only be cleaned up by expertly-trained professionals.

Since black water contamination requires specific utilization and planning for remediation, it requires licensed professionals to assess the extent of the damage and remove harmful waste. In order to rectify black water damages, we follow specific safety precautions such as:

  • We make sure that our employees are wearing proper waterproof coveralls, eye protection, boots, and gloves before handling waste.
  • We perform a thorough inspection to assess the damage.
  • We remove excess water to prevent any further damage from harming your property. We then remove waste, sewage, and other contaminated items to eliminate the opportunity for contamination to spread (or remain) on the property.
  • We utilize negative air machines or air scrubbers to eliminate possible contamination in areas of the property that have been unaffected. Then, all affected areas of the property are sanitized and cleaned with disinfectants.
  • Once our cleaning processes are complete, we utilize a drying system that can restore damaged property to pre-loss condition.

In the event of flooding or black water on your property, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible. Time is a critical element when dealing with black water. If your home has been affected by flooding and, contact the experts at ServiceMaster of Buncombe County right away!


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