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How To Handle Black Water in Your Building

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Caused By Black Water

If flooding occurs in Santa Fe Springs,CA, your business could be severely affected by water damage caused by black water. This type of damage happens when heavy rainfalls push wastewater into buildings or when the sewage system is compromised. It is a threat that should be taken seriously, and a building that has been affected by this type of flood should be given immediate attention. Complete sanitization is generally required, and time is of the essence. Here are some suggestions for you as you begin the restoration process.

1. Turn off all utilities. Be sure that the gas and electricity to the building have been cut off before entering the building. Stay away from fuse boxes and anything plugged into outlets until you are sure all power to the appliances has been turned off. Be wary of submerged appliances.

2. Begin the sanitizing process. The contaminated water should be removed as quickly as possible from the building to assess the water damage. All surface areas touched by the sludge should be thoroughly disinfected. Walls, fors, and countertops should be washed with warm water mixed with cleaning agents that will destroy all harmful bacteria. Sanitize the air by opening windows and running fans throughout the area. Be careful not to track debris into clean areas.

3. Evaluate the items in the flood area. Take all moveable objects out into the sun to dry. Appliances that have been submerged for a length of time will most likely need to be replaced. Rugs and carpets that cannot be cleaned and disinfected must be discarded. Throw away all food containers.

The flood damage done by black water can be severe. The cleanup process could feel overwhelming, but water damage professionals are there to assist you in ensuring that everything is done properly and efficiently. They can get your building back to pre-flooding conditions like the incident never happened.

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