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What you need to know about black water damage

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2023 | Property Damage

Black water is highly contaminated, as it contains sewage, bacteria and chemicals. When your toilet overflows or a flood occurs in your area, the wastewater may not flow into the sewer system. Instead, it can back up into your house. Black water may also source from kitchen sinks because they have oils and grease, which can carry germs.  

Water damage has three categories, and black damage (category 3) is the worst. Here is what you need to know about black water.

It damages property

Black water can damage your property like any other category of water damage. It can cause cracks on floors and walls, swollen floors, sagging walls and unpleasant odors.  

It causes illnesses

Since it contains pathogens, black water causes illnesses and respiratory problems. And in some instances, prolonged exposure to it may lead to death. It’s not wise to handle black water by yourself. Professionals have protective clothing and solutions that allow them to clear and decontaminate the respective areas safely.

Further, black water can cause the build-up of black mold in your home. In addition to potentially ruining your home and belongings, inhaling black mold is hazardous to your health. It can cause sneezing, eye irritation, coughing, persistent headaches, nasal congestion and digestive problems.

Black water damage insurance

You can purchase a black water insurance policy to protect yourself, your loved ones and your property. The insurance company should cover damages based on your policy terms.

If you are experiencing sewer damage on your property, you need to file a claim. You should get more information about your case and make the right moves to receive an amount that allows you to restore your property and cover other damages you may have suffered.