Floods are an inconvenience at the least and devastating at worst. Where there is a flood, it is very likely the water is contaminated. There are three categories of contaminated water, each with their own challenges for cleaning. The one thing that each category of flood water have in common is that it must be cleaned up promptly. If not, flood water can become hazardous to your family’s health and cause severe damage to your property.
Category One: Clean Water Flood Damage
Clean water comes from an overflowing sink, broken water supply line or damaged tap ware. Anyone whose toddler has let the bathtub overflow has experienced a clear water flood. This type of flooding is more of a nuisance than health hazard. It’s only a short-term nuisance, as standing water becomes Category Two water after 48 hours if not cleaned up quickly.
Category Two: Grey Water Flood Damage
Grey Water comes from bathtubs, showers, sinks, dishwashers, and washing machines. This kind of flooding usually happens when an appliance leaks or a hose becomes kinked. Grey water hasn’t come into contact with animal or human waste but has other contaminants that can be hazardous, such as soap, bleach, grease, or food residue. Category Two water becomes Category Three water within about 48 hours due to bacteria and mould growth.
Category Three: Black Water Flood Damage
Category Three water is also known as Blackwater and is the most hazardous type of floodwater because its main source is sewage containing human and animal waste. It may contain dangerous chemicals, disease causing organisms and debris. Exposure to Category Three water can cause serious illness and even death. Floods from natural disasters can allow Blackwater to submerge your home, as can a sewage backup. It is of the upmost importance that you never enter an area contaminated with Blackwater or attempt to clean it yourself; leave it to the professionals.
Expert Flood and Water Damage Remediation
If you find any category of flood water on your property in call Australian Forensic Cleaning and be assured our Water and Flood Remediation technicians are available to assist in any way. Our technicians work hard to guarantee the highest levels of quality cleaning and restoration and we apply an anti-microbial solution to prevent mould and mildew growth so you can be sure your family is safe.