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Flood Damage is a Serious Hazard in Merritt Island Homes

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

When your belongings are swallowed up by a flood, call SERVPRO to help navigate this dangerous situation.

Stay Away From Black Water When Contending with Flood Damage in Merritt Island

One of the most dangerous threats from flood damage in Merritt Island comes from black water flooding. While all floods have the potential to cause harm to you and your household, you should be particularly cautious around any flood involving black water. We use the term black water to describe any floodwaters that are so murky and filled with contaminants that you cannot see more than a little bit into them. This post should help you to understand some of the dangers associated with this type of flooding and why you should let experienced SERVPRO technicians handle any work that involves navigating through these waters.


Contaminants in the Water
While we could spend an entire article talking about the many different things that can contaminate black water, instead, you should understand that these waters are one of the least predictable parts of the flood damage restoration process in Merritt Island, even for our most experienced crews. There is no telling what could lurk in those waters, and some, such as mold and other microorganisms, can cause health effects. Staying out of the water is the only surefire way to make sure that none of its contaminants reach you.


Debris and Sharp Edges
Some of the objects and debris contained within the murky depths of black water floods can have sharp edges that can cut through skin and fabric alike. Heavy duty work boots and gloves are the only way to prevent jagged metal, glass, and ceramics from piercing through the skin and potentially creating an open wound exposed to the filthy waters around you.


Trip and Fall Hazards
Wading through black water is dangerous even with protective clothing on because there may be a high risk of tripping over unseen objects and slippery surfaces, plunging you down into the water. Less than an inch of water can still pose a drowning hazard, and even if you can get back up, you never want black water near your eyes, nose, or mouth. To stay safe, let SERVPRO navigate these waters for you.


SERVPRO of Central Brevard can help you to deal with flood damage in your home whenever and wherever it may strike. Call us as soon as possible after a disaster at (321) 638-4947.

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