The weather is on everyone\u0092s mind. The news is filled with global warming andhigh heat and lack of rain. These have adramatic impact on people across the country. Not only do farmer and ranchers have to find ways to water their cropsand animals but rivers dry up and wildlife are left to find places to searchfor ways to stay cool water cooler with tea pot and hydrated. Water is a huge part of how society sustains itself. But water can also be a force of destruction. Water is unique in that it will destroy and deteriorate mostthings in its path. Water can tear downbuildings and water can grow a crop of corn. Water can fill a pond for a herd of cattle and it can cause flooding ona massive scale. Structures soaked inwater are safety hazards, not just because they can become unstable, but alsobecause if they are left un-treated then they become a breeding ground for moldand bacteria. Insulation also absorbswater, and since insulation is often found close to electrical systems it can causeelectrical arcs destroying equipment that touches the water level. Now, when it is so dry and the river beds are nearly empty,people can become complacent. But all ittakes is one flash flood, one short burst of heavy rain to cause the river bedsto flood and then, as if in a blink the same water that was prayed had nowdestroyed home, businesses and hospitals. When a river, lake or any outside water floods a building it is called aCategory 3 water loss. There are 3different categories of water loss and 3 is the worse. Outside water isn\u0092t the only water that isclassified at Category 3, sewage back-up is also a Category 3 water loss. Category 3 water loss is really dirtywater. It is water that carries manyparticulates and bacteria. When Category 3 water touches anything it has to be thrownout, or professionally cleaned. Eachaffected area, room, and surface must be surveyed by a Certified IndustrialHygienist to determine what has been contaminated and what hasn\u0092t. The CIH will also write a protocol for how tobegin cleaning the environment after a water loss that carries that serious ofa health hazard. He will work directly with a remediationcompany to properly remove any compromised material, clean up the facility andrebuild and structures that required replacing.