3 Water Quality and Damage Categories

Water damage is a common and sudden issue that many home and business owners deal with, and can occur with heavy rains or rapidly melting snow. While the causes and levels of damage range from the incredibly minor to severe, each case requires careful handling and attention to detail, to avoid more extensive damage than has already been done. Many people don’t know how to identify and rectify water damage, resulting in thousands of dollars of loss as it increases over time.

There are multiple levels of water damage, and several different catagories of water. The accepted types include “clean”, “grey”, and “black” water, and each carries their own hazards and methods of treatment.

Category 1: Clean Water

This is the least dangerous category of water, including water that does not pose a sizable threat to humans. It has little to no contaminants, and will not make humans sick when exposed to it. Clean water damage usually comes when pipes have burst, or sinks or tubs have overflowed.

Category 2: Grey Water

This water generally carries some sort of contaminant, such as sewage water that contains urine (but no feces), and will cause humans to fall ill when consumed or potentially exposed to it.

Category 3: Black Water

This grossly unclean water carries within it many contaminants, causing serious illness and other issues when exposed to humans. Avoid this water at all costs.

Immediate action is required to lessen the spread of water and minimize damage, regardless the category of water. Soak, mop, and remove as much water as possible — and then circulate air throughout the affected area, drying as much as possible. Vacuum carpets or any other surfaces to draw water out, and if mold spores have begun to grow, wear protective masks, and brush off items outdoors to prevent the growth of spores indoors. Call an expert as soon as possible, and stay away from areas where mold and mildew grow, to avoid infections in your lungs. Above all, be certain to stay someplace safe, and protect yourself from any sort of flood water, regardless of the category.

Based in the Denver area, “24/7 Flood Response” knows these steps and ensures that you can get back on your feet as soon as possible after water damage. We are timely, diligent, experienced, and ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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