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The Levels of Pollution Found in Water Damage | SERVPRO of South Bronx

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

“Black water” and “clear water” are likely terms that you’re familiar with if you’ve ever been around discussion of water damage. Though black water is certainly the most dangerous, there are actually three categories of pollution types that can all cause their own damages.

We want you to be prepared if water damage comes your way, so we’ve compiled the three types of water damage pollution in one convenient guide.

Water Damage Pollution Levels

Category 1: To fall into the first classification, “clear water” must have originated from a clean source. Uncontaminated water is often sourced from a broken pipe or supply line, a leaking faucet, or rainwater that’s come from vertical rainfall. Category 1 water is not harmful if consumed, though we wouldn’t recommend it.

Category 2: Grey water, the next level, is a bit more serious. This is wastewater generated from household appliances and water pipes, such as appliance drainage failure or a “flush” from sink and shower drains. Category 2 will likely cause illness if consumed due to the contamination it contains.

Category 3: The third category, commonly referred to as black water, is the most dangerous. This water is sourced from rising floodwaters, stagnant water that has begun to breed bacteria or the sewage overflows. Black water can cause illness or death if consumed and should be regarded with caution.

Categories Do Change

One thing to keep in mind is that water starting out as a category one can evolve into a category three easily. Soil, dirty surfaces or anything else the water comes into contact with will factor into the pollution levels, and water left stagnant will breed harmful bacteria.

Because of this, it’s advised to hire a professional for water damage cleanup so you can have peace of mind to know that your home or business is properly restored.

If you have water damage of any category, SERVPRO®’s team of water damage professionals can help!

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