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Siesta Key, Tropical Storms, Flooding, and the Help from SERVPRO

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

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Dealing with Black Water Flood Damage in Siesta Key

You may have read online that black water flood damage in your Siesta Key home can represent a significant safety hazard to anyone in the building. While this is true, and you should avoid contaminated flood waters at all costs, there is no need to overreact to any type of damage your home incurs. SERVPRO can handle any flood damage and safety hazards produced after a storm, and has years of experience dealing with flooding far worse than we see in most residential areas. Here are a few questions – and answers – that we often receive about black water flooding.

What is Black Water?
In the context of flood damage in Siesta Key or any other community, black water refers to standing water that has visual contamination and, typically, discoloration. These contaminants and discoloring materials are primarily composed of dirt, plant matter, perhaps fecal matter, and miscellaneous debris coming from outside the home, but may also include materials from inside, as well. Black water typically has a high amount of bacteria and other biohazards even in small volumes of water, making it a significant hazard.

How Do I Stay Safe?
Above all, make sure you do not wade or walk through any part of your home still flooded with standing water. This can expose you to bacteria and pathogens that could cause health effects, as well as potential electrocution and laceration hazards that may be hard to spot through the murky water. In addition, some contaminants could create harmful gases, so we recommend staying as far away from the black water as possible.

How Do I Remove It?
Black water flooding requires the aid of a professional water removal company like SERVPRO for extraction. We carry specialized machines and safety equipment to facilitate the fast and efficient removal of floodwaters from your home. Once the water has been removed, we also take the time to thoroughly sanitize the area and kill off any remaining microbes. Remember, that black water, as even clean water from a plumbing leak, can do significant damage to your possessions and the structure of your home.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota has helped local homeowners clean up after flood damage for years, and stands ready after every major storm to help those in need. Call us as soon as possible after your home takes damage at (941) 552-6319.

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