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Top 3 Black Water Myths

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy flooding from rain. Picture taking from the outside of the house Flooded home in Spring Valley,TX

Top 3 Black Water Myths

Black water. The very name sounds menacing and with good reason. Laden with bacteria and pathogens, this highly contaminated material is one of the most common and dangerous side effects posed by flooding. Lack of knowledge surrounding this water can put the health of you and your loved ones at risk. Learn more about the top myths surrounding this water and what you can do when your Spring Valley,TX suffers water damage.

Myth 1: Dirty Water Isn’t That Dangerous

Water professionals grade water according to levels of contamination, with black water being the worst. This water refers to any water contaminated with bacterial, fungi or human/animal waste. Common sources include broken toilets or even flood waters from rainfall or ground runoff. This water can contain countless pathogens that can cause everything from gastroenteritis to eye infections so it’s important to handle it properly.

Myth 2: Dirty Water is Black

Contrary to the name, this contaminated water doesn’t have to physically appear black. Indeed, it can look as clear as regular drinking water! Black simply refers to the level of contamination. When facing water damage in your home, focus less on the color and more on the source.

Myth 3: You Can Clean Up Contaminated Water

A dangerous belief is that this water can be cleaned up by a homeowner. The water’s pathogens can infect you via droplets in your eye or even water splashed on an open wound. Professional water removers use gloves, eye protection and other tools not readily available to the average homeowner so they are the best ones to handle this dangerous material.
With all the risks this water poses, it’s vital that it is handled with care. If you think your home has suffered black water damage, don’t take chances. Hire a professional water remediation company to safely remove the water, disinfect and dry your home. Your safety is worth the expense.

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