Is it dangerous?
Many procedures are necessary to insure the safety of the residents and employees when handling a category 3 water intrusion or Microbial Contamination. Anyone that comes in contact with affected materials should wear rubber gloves, respiratory protection, eye protection, body covering and rubber boots.
Homeowners and residents may not be able to stay in affected areas due to the potential of hazardous contaminants. Especially, those with a compromised immune system, the very young and elderly and those who have undergone recent surgeries or chemotherapy.
Cleaning and decontamination procedures are a must. All affected materials must be removed and safely disposed of. This may include but not limited to carpet, carpet padding, baseboards, wall board (dry wall), sub floors (depending on material or component), laminated floor and insulation.
Salvageable materials must be cleaned and decontaminated before the drying process can begin.
An air cleaner may be used for odor control and air purification (air scrubber with a HEPA and carbon filters).