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3 Steps To Take in Case of Black Water Damage From a Flood

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

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3 Steps To Take in Case of Black Water Damage From a Flood

Water damage repairs are a common expense for homeowners in Newton, KS, especially due to broken pipes, natural disasters, or clogged drains. There are three categories to the type of water that damages a home ranging from sanitary water to contaminated water. Damage from category three water, known as black water, is the most devastating for homeowners. It results from:

  • Floods
  • Sewer backflow
  • Broken toilets

If you have experienced this type of damage in your home, take these steps immediately.

1. Clean Up the Water

Before cleaning, you need to make sure it is safe to enter your home. It typically takes 24-48 hours for a flooded home to be safe to enter. If the flood has been cleared and you are able to safely make your way inside, begin the cleaning process immediately. Wear protective gear, such as gloves and bodysuits, to keep any harmful bacteria or pathogens from entering your body.

2. Dry and Dehumidify Your Home

Once you have sopped up the water and disposed of any debris, it is important to dehumidify your home. If there is a power outage in your area, you may have to wait for the electricity to be restored. Otherwise, your air conditioner can dehumidify your home if turned on to the proper settings. You may also use dehumidifiers and floor fans. This part will be especially important if you live in a humid area.

3. Restore Your Property

In many instances, black water will leave some construction materials of a home irreparable. Once your home is dried, begin to replace any drywall, flooring, and broken items affected by water damage. If your home is a construction site, you may want to consider different living arrangements until the home is fully restored.

A flood of category three water can cause severe damage to a home. If the cleanup is too extensive for one person or family to complete, consider hiring a water damage restoration service to help fix your home.

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