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Sewer Water Categories: A Breakdown!

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

There are three types, or “categories”, of contaminated water: clean water, gray water, and black water. We will provide a brief description of each, below:

Category 1 – Clear Water: this water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

Category 2 – Gray Water: this water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

Category 3 – Black Water: this water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Call your local SERVPRO if you see ANY of these types of water in your property — let us do our job so you can focus on yours!

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