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What is Black Water?

What is black water?

what is black waterSimply put it is wastewater that has come into contact with fecal matter. One of the scariest situations for a homeowner is sewage backups, overflows and spills containing urine, feces, toilet paper and flushwater. Black water is not only gross and unpleasant to smell, but is a toxic hazard that can pose health threats to adults, especially those with respiratory problems. Black water may contain pathogens (disease causing organisms) or other harmful material. How many pathogens is generally based on the extent of the sewage component and how much water has been released.

Risks of Sewage backups:
If the black water is not accurately removed mold, mildew and other microorganisms can start to grow within 24-48 hours. This can cause a number of health hazards and long-term health problems. Airborne mold spores can lead to respiratory and other health problems. Elderly people and children under the age of two should leave the premises and not return until the black water has been removed.

A thorough cleanup of the entire effected area is vital and very specific steps need to be taken. Our deep cleaning process will clean and sanitize anything that has been affected by sewage. The professionals at Empire Roofing and Restoration will take every step necessary to ensure your property has been properly cleaned and sanitized with our state of the art equipment and expertly trained professionals.

TIPS on what to do after calling for a professional:
The first thing we suggest you do is locate and turn off the source of water. Remove all your personal belongings from the area with black water damage. Aluminum foil can be used under the legs of furniture to prevent stains/rust damage to carpet. If it is safe to take pictures or video, try to do so before our team gets there for your insurance company.