Understanding Flood Damage in Colorado Springs
The Three Categories of Water Determine Cleaning Methods and Precautions Needed
Removing flood water from a Colorado Springs home is a simple process when the water is clean. If the flood and stormwater are contaminated, it becomes more complicated to clean up and remediate the effects.
Before we can remediate flood damage in Colorado Springs, SERVPRO technicians determine the category of the water in the home. We have three, which help us decide not just the cleaning methods, but precautions we need to take as well: Clean, Gray, and Black.
Clean – The water is no risk to the health of residents or anyone who goes into the home to remove it. Our technicians do not have to take any special precautions or wear protective gear except the rubber boats to keep their feet dry when they bring in removal equipment. If we do not remove clean water quickly enough, it can cross into the gray category if otherwise harmless; airborne microbes are allowed to expand and grow into a threat.
Gray – This water contains very small amounts of microbes or other contaminants. It includes water from toilets, aquariums, and dishwashers. If not removed quickly enough, the contaminants can become airborne and move to other parts of the home. Before SERVPRO technicians begin the removal process, we spray anti-microbial and anti-fungal agents over the surface of the water to neutralize the contamination.
Black – Most stormwater is in this category. Run-off from overwhelmed sewer systems or crested rivers pulls in large amounts of sewage, feces, and even dead animals into neighborhoods and homes. Before technicians even spray this water, they put on protective gear before entering the home. If we suspect the contamination is airborne, that includes breathing gear. To prevent outside contamination, a technician watches the hoses as we pump the water into a designated tank truck.
Restoring any home after a flood is a long process; to ensure the health and safety of your home and family, you need to use a professional restoration service. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes has helped our community restore its homes for more than twenty years. Call us today at (719) 434-4626 if you need us.
Visit https://coloradosprings.gov/ for more information regarding Colorado Springs.