Category 3 water damage refers to a situation where water has originated from a black water source. Black water damage poses a very significant threat to human health, as it can contain a wide variety of undesirable pathogens and elements. The severity of the health threat depends on the degree and extent of penetration into the building environment. Examples of Category 3 water damage can include:
- Sewerage contamination
- Flood waters that have come into the house from outside
Fast clean-up is of the utmost importance to minimise exposure to the inherent health issues. Total decontamination and sanitisation of all affected surfaces is a must. Many affected surfaces and possessions contaminated with black water can be restored – but you need to know how to decontaminate properly. Fortunately, our experts are equipped with the right knowledge and tools to get the job done.
When black water is present, a site is classified as a biohazard site. It requires extraction and antibacterial treatment of all affected surfaces that are cross contaminated (complying with OH&S recommendations). After decontamination, all affected surfaces should be professionally dried before being reinstalled and recleaned.