Black water flooding cleanup steps
Remediating black water contamination in a building requires careful planning and the use of specialized equipment. A licensed restoration professional will know how to assess the damages, then sanitize and dry the affected areas. The steps to follow in the event of black water damage include:
- The safety of all building occupants and workers is ensured. Employees must wear protective equipment, such as boots, gloves, waterproof coveralls, eye protection, and respirators.
- The cleaning technician performs a thorough inspection of all affected areas to determine the severity of the disaster. The restoration process is based on this assessment.
- Excess water must be rapidly removed to prevent further damage. Sewage and other waste, as well as contaminated porous items, are all removed. Special tools (air scrubbers or negative air machines) are often used to prevent unaffected areas from becoming infected. Affected surfaces are cleaned and sanitized with industry-approved disinfectants.
- Once the sanitization is complete, the technicians establish a balanced drying system to restore the damaged areas to their pre-disaster condition. This final step involves using specialized procedures, products, and equipment, such as high capacity air movers and professional dehumidifiers.