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3 Types of Contaminated Water You Should Know

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Category 2 water damage comes from a dishwasher

Water Categories

With all the accidents that are possible and inevitable in your home in Daybreak, UT, it’s important to understand how to handle each type for the sake of your family’s health and safety. There are a few categorized levels of water contamination to know, some that are relatively safe to handle, while others may pose a health risk and require special clothing or professionals to clean it up. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provides these categories and their relative safety.

Clean Water (Category 1)

Clean water, or Category 1, comes from a sanitary source and does not pose any significant risk if you come into contact with it, ingest, or inhale it.

Contaminated Water (Category 2)

Also known as “gray water”, this type of water does have significant contamination and could affect your health if you come into contact with it or ingest it. Examples of this include dishwasher water, washing machine overflow, toilet supply line leak, and even aquarium water.

Sewer Water or Outside Flood (Category 3)

Also known as “black water”, this is the most severely contaminated water and is likely to contain toxins or pathogens. Coming into contact with this type of water is likely to affect your health. Examples of Category 3 water include sewage, hurricane water, as well as river, lake, and ocean flooding.
It is important to understand that, while Category 1 water may be considered safe to handle and clean up, after about 48 hours, it can become a Category 2, due to potential mold growth and the multiplication of present bacteria and viruses. As well, Category 2 can quickly become Category 3.
If you’ve experienced a house flood and there is a good chance the flood water is in Category 2 or 3, be aware of the risks involved when handling this type of cleanup. Otherwise, there are professional water damage cleanup companies that have the equipment and best strategies for thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the affected area.

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