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Dealing with Contaminated Water

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with Contaminated Water

No one wants to get the news that their home or business has been flooded. However, SERVPRO® of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park will be there to assist you if such an event should occur. 

Below are 5 things to consider in the event of a water Damage.

  1. Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.

It’s important to understand the damage contaminated water can do. When in doubt if you are dealing with contaminated water it is best to assume that you are handle everything with care and be sure to wash your hands after handling anything and do your best to keep the area off limits until SERVPRO® arrives to assess the situation.

  1. Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.

In the event this occurs, make sure you remember where you walked so the affected areas can be properly treated. Contaminated water spreads quickly and can cause a multitude of problems in a short amount of time.

  1. Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

Turning on the HVAC system or allowing it to continue to run will cause the contaminates to spread through your home or office. This increases the amount of time for mitigation.

  1. Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminates.

It is important to remember that the most challenging aspect of contaminated water is not what you can see, but what you cannot see. Using household fans in a situation like this will only cause more harm to the structure and potentially to the people in the structure.

  1. Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Again, when in doubt act as though you are dealing with contamination. SERVPRO® will be on site as soon as possible to give a comprehensive breakdown of what you are dealing with. The sooner we are allowed to respond the better.

In the event of a water damage, take no chances. Call SERVPRO® of Central St. Petersburg. 

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