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Understanding Types of Water

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

Category 3 Contaminated Flood Water affected this bathroom at a Ponte Vedra Beach Resort after a Hurricane flooding event.

When your Home or Business is suffers from Water Damage, understanding the types of Water is essential to clean-up. There are three types of Water.

Clean Water, or Category 1 Water is Water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.

The term Gray Water, or Category 2 Water, is used to classify water that is slightly contaminated. Clean water can become gray water if left untreated, allowing bacteria to form.

Black Water, or Category 3 Water, is water that has been contaminated by sewage or a natural disaster. This water type should always be handled by licensed, trained professionals. When water damage occurs trust local SERVPRO of The Beaches/Ponte Vedra professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions while waiting for help to arrive, to minimize secondary damage.

Damage from Clean Water:

-Shut off water source if possible.

-Remove as much access water as possible with mops and towels, wiping excess water from wood furniture.

-Turn off circuit breakers in wet areas of your home or business.

-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions.

-Move any paintings, art objects, and other items that may be sensitive and move them to an unaffected area.

-Do not leave books, newspapers, or magazines on wet carpets or floors. They may cause staining.

-Do not use your household vacuum to remove water. There is danger of electrical shock.

-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures. Do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging. It could be dangerous.

Damage from Contaminated Water:

-Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated with sewage.

-Do not walk through wet and contaminated areas.

-Do not turn on the HVAC system.

-Do not use house hold fans to try to dry the structure.

-Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

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