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What Type of Water Is It?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Boards Boards after water damage

What type of water is it?  No, sparkling or tap are not options when it comes to water damage.  There are 3 classifications of water when it comes to flooding: Clear, Gray, or Black.  These are not exact terms but designed to give an indication of the level of contamination within each.

Clear Water originates from water pipes such as water mains or plumbing in your home.  It is always essential to remove the water as quickly as possible but clear water is the easiest because there are reduced safety procedures involved.

Gray Water is water which may have contamination.  Therefore, a moderate degree of care and safety precautions are warranted.  This water may come from storm damage or flood damage from more natural sources.

Black Water is the most serious and dangerous.  SERVPRO technicians are trained in handling this material, along with many other biohazards.  Typical sources may include septic tanks or waste water pipes that have ruptured.  This type of water causes the most dangerous due to the microbial parts it contains and the accompanying health effects of exposure.  Don’t tackle these situations yourself.  Call the experts at SERVPRO!

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