The Three Categories Of Water that May Be Present After Flood Damage In Norristown
Trust SERVPRO to Remove Contaminated Water After a Flood Safely
A seasonal storm brings with it the risk of severe flood damage. High winds and driving rain put a home at risk of flooding, and storms also cause seepage from gardens and run-off from storm flooded streets.
Something every homeowner needs to be aware of after flood damage in Norristown is the three categories of water that might be present: Clean, gray and black. Each category has its risk level and needs to be handled correctly by professionals. That is why we recommend calling SERVPRO after a flood. We train our IICRC-certified technicians to handle all kinds of storm water and restore your home.
The first category is clean water. Clean water does not contain any immediate health hazards. Rainwater or water from a broken pipe is usually clean. Clean water must be dealt with immediately, or it can become gray water within 48 hours which is why we need to get to work at once.
The second category is gray water. Gray water has biological or chemical contamination and thus poses some potential health risks. Gray water includes water from aquariums, washing machines, dishwashers and sinks or showers. It is important to remove gray water as soon as possible because if we do not there is a risk it might become contaminated further and reclassified as black water.
The third category is black water. Black water is a health hazard because it may contain sewage, chemicals, or other toxic elements transported from the environment. Black water might contain microbes that cause a range of diseases and thus must be handled with extreme care.
It is clear that cleaning up after flood damage requires care and professionalism. We equip our technicians with all the personal protective equipment necessary to handle any category of water safely, including rubber boots, rubber gloves, coveralls, and facemasks.
We carry out a thorough assessment of your home to ascertain the type of water present and immediately set to work cleaning it up. We use pumps and water extraction tools to remove water and ensure it is disposed of correctly. After we extract all the water, we set to work drying out your home. We can also treat your home with anti microbial agents.
SERVPRO teams also carry out careful monitoring of moisture levels in each room, including inside wall cavities and under the floor. You can rest assured that our aim is to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”
We are on hand to help with any cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Norristown at (610) 272-8520 for assistance.
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