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What Does Category 3 Water Damage Look Like?

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Sewage Runoff Sewage runoff is highly toxic and should always be addressed by professionals.

Our team at SERVPRO Burlington/Middlebury is here to help Vermont residents deal with Category 3 storm damage and biohazards. What is a biohazard you ask? The term biohazard refers to any biological materials (microorganisms, plants, animals, or their byproducts) that pose a threat to the health of living organisms.

By IICRC standard water categories, sewage is considered a Category 3 "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples of Black Water sources include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, septic overflow, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. These sources may contain harsh chemicals and microbes in addition to untreated sewage.

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. Our team at SERVPRO Burlington/Middlebury have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage. We always come prepared in Personal Protection Equipment (PPP) to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Make sure to not expose yourself to these harsh contaminants, and don't wait for the damage to get worse. Call us at SERVPRO of Burlington/Middlebury when disaster strikes in the for of Category 3 Water Damage.

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