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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Is Storm water safe?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

The water from a storm may be unsafe.

When a storm causes flooding, and water is everywhere, you should be very careful to make sure the water is safe before beginning a clean up.

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.

SERVPRO of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale is specifically trained to deal with hazardous water and how to clean any harmful remnants once the water is drained.

If you experience standing water in your home following a flood, let us be your first call. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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