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How to Identify the Severity of Contaminated Water

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Category 2 water damage comes from a dirty water source

Learn How to Identify the Severity of Contaminated Water in Your Home

Of all of the types of in-home flooding in Grand Manor, AZ, a sewage backup can be one of the most severe. Sewer water entering your living space should be treated as an emergency situation and should be addressed immediately by professionals trained in sewer cleanup. Any time water damage occurs, the water contamination level can be measured on a scale of 1-3. For each degree of contamination, a greater threat is posed to your home and those living in it. Learn how to identify the severity of contaminated water in your home so you can approach the cleanup situation properly.

1st Degree Contamination

The first type of floodwater you may experience in your home comes from a clean water source. When a leak occurs from a sanitary water source like a pipe line or faucet, the contamination falls under the clean water category. While coming in contact with this type of water does not pose an immediate threat, its contamination degree can increase rapidly depending on factors such as the following:

  • Length of exposure time
  • Water temperature
  • Contact with surrounding contaminants

2nd Degree Contamination

One degree higher, a category 2 contamination may be referred to as "grey water". This in-home water pollution comes from semi-clean water sources. A flooded toilet with water containing no feces, a dishwasher leak or laundry machine overflow are all cases of 2nd degree water contamination. Sewer cleanup of this type should be handled with care and thorough sanitation of the area should be addressed.

3rd Degree Contamination

Finally, the most serious cases of sewer backup are those known as "black water". Never make direct contact with this degree of sewer water. Untreated toilet water containing feces, water contaminated by harsh chemicals, or flood water from a storm or natural disaster should all be treated with great caution. Contact a local water cleanup and restoration company to assist you with category 3 sewer cleanup.

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