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What If Storm Water Enters Your Home Or Business?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

During a recent hurricane, over 12 inches of storm water entered this building, requiring the removal of all flooring and contents.

One type of job that SERVPRO South Daytona Beach / Port Orange deals with on a regular basis has been storm surge or flooding from rising water. The affects from storm surge or flooding can lead to severe mitigation work that needs to be completed. Storm surge or flood water that enters your home or business is categorized as Category 3, in total there is 3 types of water losses in the restoration industry.

  • Category 1 - Water originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose a substantial risk from dermal, ingestion or inhalation exposure. Examples of category 1 water sources can include, but are not limited to: Broken supply lines, tub or sink overflows with no contaminates, appliance malfunctions, melting ice, broken toilet tanks.
  • Category 2 - Water contains significant contaminates and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. Category 2 water can contain potentially unsafe levels of unsafe microorganisms or nutrients. Examples of category 2 water are but not limited to: Broken aquariums, waterbeds, water from the toilet bowl, discharge from dishwashers, washing machines.
  • Category 3 - Water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxins or other harmful agents. Examples of Category 3 water sources can include but not limited to: Sewage, all forms of flooding from seawater, ground surface water, rising water from rivers or streams; such water sources may contain silt, organic matter, pesticides and heavy metals.

If storm surge or flooding affects your home or business do not attempt to remove or clean up the water yourself, this can lead to exposing yourself to potentially harmful contaminates. Contacting a professional like SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange for these services is the safest course of action. 

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