There are three categories of flood water, and determining the category of your problem will identify the best course of action. However, it is critical that you seek assistance immediately, because category 1 waters can worsen into category 2 or 3 very quickly.
Category 1 - clear water
This type of flooding usually involves clean water that originated from a source that does not present an immediate danger to humans or animals. Examples include water from a broken pipe or water heater.
Category 2 - grey water
If the flood water appears to be gray, filmy, or murky, it may contain a significant level of contamination that could cause sickness or discomfort to humans exposed to it. Clear water can become murky or fall into category 2 within 24-72 hours.
Category 3 - black water
Black water, which may occur in incidents of mass flooding or sewage, is extremely dangerous. It is unsanitary and contains significant microbial and pathogenic agents. You should make every effort to prevent your family members or pets from being exposed to this category of flood waters.
Category 3 water includes sewage and other contaminated water sources entering or affecting the indoor environment.
Sources may be toilet backflows that originate from beyond the toilet trap; other sources include all forms of flooding from seawater, ground surface water, and rising water from rivers and streams.
These water sources can carry silt and organic matter into structures and create black water conditions.
The health of workers and occupants is the most important consideration when dealing with sewage backflows.
Always remove and properly dispose of both carpet and padding affected by Category 3 water damage. It is not salvageable.
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