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What Every Business Owner Should Know About Black Water Flooding

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Flooding is a potential risk for business owners everywhere.

If your commercial property in Hot Springs, AR, is affected by flood water, you should be aware that this water could be very dangerous. Luckily, an emergency restoration specialist can determine what type of water you’re dealing with and make an action plan to safely clean and restore your property.

How Is Water From a Flood Classified?

Water from a flood is classified into three categories, based on its source and contents.

  • Category One is “clean” and does not pose a health risk.
  • Category Two is “gray” and contains some contaminants.
  • Category Three is “black” and is heavily contaminated.

Water classified as black presents a high risk of hazard to both humans and animals. Because of the possibility of illness or death, any contact with this water should be avoided.

What Is Black Water?

This category of water likely contains human or animal waste, along with other harmful components, such as bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi. The flood water can come from sewage backup, overflowing toilets or storms.

Levels of Black Water Damage:

Water from flooding that has been categorized as black can be further classified into sub-levels. This designation assists professionals in deciding on the best course of action for sanitation and restoration.

  • Level I damage is limited. The water originates inside the building and usually only affects a small space. Porous materials are not contaminated, and there is no structural penetration.
  • Level II damage signifies greater contamination in a larger space. While still originating inside the building, porous materials are affected, and the structure should be closely inspected.
  • Level III damage presents the highest degree of contamination. This water originates outside the building and can come from sewage lines, septic tanks or storm damage.

Flood water can cause tremendous damage to your property, along with health and safety risks. When water is present in your building, avoid any contact, and wait for the professionals to assess the situation and manage the sanitation and restoration process.

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