The FYI on Floodwaters
Not only can severe storms bring heavy rains, gusty winds, and the potential for tornadoes, but they also provide the perfect conditions for flooding. Floodwaters can be very dangerous both while they are occurring, as well as after they have begun to recede. How though, you might wonder? Understanding the characteristics of floodwaters can help answer this question:
- Floodwaters are considered Category 3, or “blackwater,” which is the descriptor given to waters considered to be grossly contaminated. Because floodwaters carry dirt, debris, and other pollutants, they can be very hazardous.
- Because of the potential for contamination carried by floodwaters, materials that are affected must be handled carefully, and those that cannot be sanitized effectively should be discarded. Porous materials, including carpet and drywall, often cannot be safely restored after being affected by floodwaters.
- Not only can floodwater leave behind contaminants, but they can cause safety concerns to navigate. Often, waters may be much deeper than realized; because of this, you should NEVER walk, wade, or drive through floodwaters.
When it comes to restoring your home or business after floodwater have caused damage, you want a local, trusted professional that you can call on. With multiple years’ experience and extensive training, the team at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is equipped and Here to Help when flood disasters strike. Serving communities throughout the Panhandle of Florida, our team takes great pride in working to make your property damage “Like it never even happened.” To learn more or request services, please give us a call at 850-466-3089!