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The 3 Categories of Water: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Flood cuts performed on a drywall, clear water standing on white tile flooring Water damage due to pipe break in a Baton Rouge, LA home.

Categories of Water Damage

If your home is flooded with water, it is important that you understand where it came from before you start cleaning up the mess yourself, otherwise, you risk touching contaminated water. There are three categories of water that you should know about:

  • Category 1, which is clean water
  • Category 2, which is contaminated
  • Category 3, which is sewage or black water

If you are unaware of where water came from, the best thing you can do is to call a Baton Rouge, LA, water cleanup specialist.

Category 1 Water

Category 1 water is water that originated directly from a sanitary source, such as a supply line. This type of water is generally safe for non-professionals to deal with on their own. However, if the water is allowed to sit and mix with soils or with components of a building, it may become category 2 water.

Category 2 Water

Category 2 water is contaminated water, and it is not recommended that individuals attempt to cleanup this type of water on their own. Also known as "gray water," this water has bacteria present but does not contain any human waste. Experts recommend contacting a professional cleanup grew to deal with gray water only because it's difficult to know what types of contaminants it contains.

Category 3 Water

Category 3 water does contain human waste and other raw sewage, which is why it is also referred to as black water. This type of water is grossly unsanitary and should not be dealt with by a non-professional.

All three types of water can cause secondary water damage, which is why it is essential that they are dealt with right away. If you fail to clean up any type of water mess, it can cause mold and other property damage. Whether you are dealing with clean water, contaminated water or water of unknown origins, contact your local Baton Rouge, LA, water remediation team right away for advice and assistance.

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