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Leave Category 3 Water Damage to the Professionals

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Businesses in Bayside, NY know that dealing with flood water is likely something they will eventually face. Unlike a leaky pipe, the water associated with flooding isn’t just any water.

Types of Water

Water damage has three categories:

  • Category 1, Clean Water – This is water directly from a pipe that has not been contaminated.
  • Category 2, Gray Water – Water that may have some contaminants. This could come from appliances, toilet overflow or other sources that may have some chemicals.
  • Category 3, Black Water – Especially during flooding, water absorbs debris, chemicals and bacteria, making it unsanitary. This type of water can also be caused by broken sewer lines or a backed-up sewer.

Call a Professional

If you have flood water, ordinary cleaning won’t do the trick. Many of the materials in a your business are porous and will absorb the black water and its contaminants, as well as provide an environment for mold to grow. While instinct may drive you to want to start cleaning up, it is best to call a professional with Category 3 experience. Along with reducing exposure to whatever may be in the water, getting help will ensure the prevention and mediation of mold, and cleanup and restoration will all be handled. They also have the know-how to salvage more of your building and its belongings.

The Cleanup

During the cleanup of black water, the experts have strict guidelines to protect themselves and eliminate anything that could cause further damage. Some things to expect include:

  • Affected areas will be quickly dried.
  • Dehumidifiers and industrial fans will likely be used.
  • Rugs, furniture and other materials will be removed and assessed.
  • Any wall, flooring, insulation or other porous materials affected will be cut and removed.
  • Wood can be cleaned, but any particle board, plywood or delaminate will need replaced.
  • Cardboard, food and drink containers are not salvageable.

If flood water makes its way into your business, it’s best to not go it alone. Make safety a priority and get help from someone Faster to any size disaster.

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