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Staying Safe Around Category 3 Water Damage

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Breaker box with the word CUT THE POWER! The very first thing you should do before entering any flooded area is to turn off the power to the space

Precautions To Take If You Enter a Flooded Area

A residential category 3 flood, or black water, is the most contaminated floodwater. While it is tempting to remove the water immediately, certain precautions are necessary to secure your property and ensure your safety. If you must enter a flooded area, there are several precautions you should take to protect yourself and your family from additional exposure or hazards.

  1. Turn off electricity
  2. Wear protective gear
  3. Use professionals

Turn Off Electricity
The very first thing you should do before entering any flooded area is to turn off the power to the space, especially if the water level is higher than a few inches. The risk of electrical shock is an actual threat. Even if the power appears out, go to the electrical power and shut it off from there before starting water and sewage cleanup.

Wear Protective Gear
Blackwater doesn't get its name from color alone; it is contaminated with sewage, chemicals, and bacteria. You do not want this water to come into contact with your skin. Wear protective clothing if you must trek through the water, including a full-body suit, face mask, gloves, and a pair of goggles. Contacting or ingesting this water type can make you violently ill.

Use Professionals
Your best bet when dealing with a category three flood is to contact a water mitigation company in Broadview, MT, for help. In fact, some states may require professional removal of the floodwater because of its contamination level. Make sure the company you hire has the proper licensing and certification to work in your state and with your insurer.
Blackwater is the most contaminated flood source, and homeowners should avoid contact with the flood if possible. Contact your local government or insurer if you do not know how to handle the removal and restoration of your property. You may also want to call a restoration company to assess the level of property damage.

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