Clear and Black Water Flooding
In Bend, OR, flood damage can affect several properties on an annual basis. The flooding of a property is often the result of broken pipes, heavy storms, backed up piping systems, and faults within your structure that allows water to enter. More importantly, property owners need to be concerned about the type of flooding that is occurring within their property, as there different types, each with completely different characteristics. Continue reading below to see the two types of common flood damage that can occur within any property.
Clear Water Flooding
The first type of flood damage is called “clear water flooding”; it causes the least amount of damage to a property and only contains clean water. Clear water flooding often occurs when a pipe or water line from your sinks, shower, or appliance breaks and allows clean, clear water to rush into your property. The flood water restoration and clean up process to handle clear water flood is straightforward, our water damage experts will remove any standing water from the area, clean the area to ensure mold or bacteria growth does not occur, and dry your structures using air movers, dehumidifiers, and a variety of other tools.
Black Water Flooding
The other common type of flooding that can occur in a property is called “black water flooding”. Black water flooding occurs when water from the outdoors floods into your property, carrying all the contaminants its picked up and collected in its course, or when sewer and septic tank lines become backed up and the flow of the pipes are reversed. In both cases, black water contains bacteria, microbes, and several other contaminants.
The cleanup and restoration process for black water can become exponentially more difficult in comparison to clear water flooding. Unlike clear water flooding, the issue with black water is the amount of bacteria and microbes that are involved, as they can become absorbed into structures and materials making it nearly impossible to remove. In many cases with black water flooding, its recommended to replace structures altogether instead of attempting to clean and sanitize them, as this can ensure that materials are not infested with contaminants and will not generate additional bacteria or mold growth that create health hazards. Also, depending on the severity of the situation, you may also find that replacing materials and structures may actually become more cost effective than attempting to clean and restore black water infested materials.
For quality restoration services, trust the reliable experts at ServiceMaster Recovery Specialists for Bend, OR, flood damage restoration. With our water and flood damage restoration services, we’ll be able to restore your property and transform it back to its rightful condition. For additional information regarding our services, please feel free to contact our office today!