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The Dirty Nature of Flood Water

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

flood water outdoors with an orange and white road block One of the scariest events a company can encounter is the inundation of its property with flood water.

In recent years, floods have been in the news a lot as storms and heavy rainfall have hit sections of the country. If this should happen in Burlington, MA there are several things a company can do to prepare for this serious situation. First, a company should always know an experienced and reputable commercial storm team to contact in case of an emergency. Second, a program of education for employees on storm damage can increase the safety of all. Employees should know that water from a flood often contains contaminated water and should be avoided at all costs.


The Definition of Black Water


Flood water is labelled a category 3 event, which means it could contain materials dangerous to human health. The water from a flood may have the following substances present:

Raw sewage
Dangerous chemicals
Potential carcinogens
Harmful viruses and bacteria
Abrasive materials such as asbestos

To clean up contaminated water, workers should wear personal protective equipment and should be trained in the correct procedures. The standards for cleaning dirty water are spelled out in professional manuals that provide a framework for all cleanup activities. These standards promote effective and safe cleanup across the spectrum of storm damage to commercial buildings.


The Definition of Clean Water


A water leak that is from a known source could be clean water that does not pose a threat to human health. This typically includes leaks and spills from potable water and it usually has a clean look and minimal odor. A category 2 water leak is known as grey water and may originate from a source of household water that has been lightly used. Examples include dish water or a leaking water heater.
Because flood water is potentially hazardous, its cleanup should be left to the professionals in Burlington, MA. It's the best way to ensure a complete and healthy cleanup.

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