Floods are frustrating to say the least and can be devastating at worst. When there is a flood, it is very likely the water becomes contaminated. There are three categories of contaminated water, each very different.
Category One: Clean Water Flood Damage
Clean water typically comes from overflowing sink or broken pipe. I’m sure every parent has a child who has let the bathtub overflow and experienced a clear water flood. This type of flooding is more of a nuisance than health hazard. It’s only a short-term nuisance, as standing water becomes Category Two water after 48 hours if not cleaned up quickly.
Category Two: Grey Water Flood Damage
Grey Water comes from bathtubs, showers, sinks, dishwashers, and washing machines. This type of flooding usually happens when an appliance leaks or a hose becomes kinked. Grey water hasn’t come into contact with animal or human waste but has other contaminants that can be hazardous, such as soap, bleach, grease, or food residue. Category Two water becomes Category Three water within about 48 hours due to bacteria and mould growth.
Category Three: Black Water Flood Damage
Category Three water is also known as Blackwater and is the most hazardous type of floodwater because its main source is sewage containing animal and human waste. It may contain dangerous chemicals, disease causing bacteria and debris. Exposure to category three water can cause serious illness and could even cause death. Floods from natural disasters can allow blackwater to invade home, as can a sewage backup. It is extremely important that you never enter an area contaminated with Blackwater or attempt to clean it yourself; leave it to the professionals.
Expert Flood and Water Damage Remediation
If you find any one of these flood water categories on your property call PureOne Services and be assured our Water and Flood Remediation technicians are available to assist you in any way. Our experts work hard to guarantee the highest levels of quality cleaning and restoration and we apply the proper solutions to prevent mold and mildew growth so you can be sure your family is safe.