How dirty is the flood water in my home?
What to Know!
There are many different uses for water. In our household alone, water is used for:
- sewer purposes
- and more!
When water damage occurs, it’s important to know where the cause of the damage started. With that information, we’re able to identify the category of the water that we’re dealing with.
According to the Institute of Inspection and Restoration Certification, certain categories of water can pose a higher threat than others. The IICRC set the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration. The professionals at SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties are highly trained by certified IICRC instructors.
Categories of water contamination
Category 1 –
This category of water is also know as “Clean Water”; the most known out of all of the categories. This is the water that is sanitary to drink, cook with and wash in. This water is only sanitary while in it’s source though, such as the pipes in your home. Once it is exposed to other elements, there is a possibility of becoming contaminated.
Category 2 –
Once the water reaches category 2, it usually is noticeable due to foul odor or different look. At this level, the water is unsafe to consume or come in contact with. This category is also known as “Gray Water”. It usually occurs from an overflow of the toilet or other appliances. Do not leave this water unattended for long.
Category 3 –
Category 3, or also known as “Black Water”, is almost always pretty noticeable to point out due to the high level of contamination. Being at this level means that it may contain raw sewage, pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances. This high level category is extremely toxic.
It is always important to clean any type of flood or water damage as soon as it is noticed. The longer the water damage sits, the higher risk of the water becoming contaminated and causing illness.