Flood water may not always be clean water.
It's definitely not the most pleasant problem to talk about, but sewage backups or leaks are very real and very serious issues you could face in your home or business.
Earlier you may have seen one of our blogs when we discussed how to tell if the water flooding in your property is clean or contaminated, hopefully you remember that sewage water should be assumed to be contaminated and hazardous at all times (until one of our professionals determines otherwise).
Sewage water is typically referred to as category 3 black water. This classification is due to the dangerous contaminants in it. It's important to note that sewage water has the ability to appear clean. This is an instance of top water. If sewage runoff looks clean, it's usually because the waste and contaminants have sunk to the bottom. This water is still categorized as black water; not for the color, but for the risk it carries with it. In most cases of any standing water in your home, it's crucial to understand that just because you can't particularly see the contaminants or just because the water looks clear...doesn't mean that it is safe to try to mitigate yourself.
Our SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor crews are specifically trained to deal with hazardous water and how to clean any harmful remnants once the water is drained. Without that training, your knowledge is your most powerful tool to keep you from putting yourself at risk upon spotting standing water in your residential or commercial property.
If you experience sewage backup or sewage related flooding, let us be your first call. We make it, "Like it never even happened."