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Three types of contaminated water

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know there are different types of water? 

A common water damage scenario is sewage backups. Below are the three types of contaminated water: 

Category 1:  "Clean water" 

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated immediately, the water can turn into a category 2 or category 3. 

Category 2: "Gray Water" 

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Be aware this water may contain bacteria and viruses

Examples include:

  • Washing machine overflow
  • Toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces
  • Dishwasher overflow

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes

Examples include: 

  • Flooding from rivers or streams
  • Water from beyond the toilet trap
  • Water from the toilet bowl with feces
  • Standing water that has begun to support microbial growth

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Allentown and Western Lehigh County professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.

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