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Three Types of Water Involved With Flooding

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage to a home in Jacksonville, FL.

Three Types Of Water Involved With Water Damage

When storm season starts up in Jacksonville, FL, it can be important to figure out how to prepare for the rising waters. Other times, it’s good to be vigilant and watch for a burst supply line on a dishwasher or other appliance. However, it can also be important to know how to proceed after the damage has been done. Sometimes a homeowner just needs to let the home dry out. Other times, a flood cut needs to be done to prevent potential damage from contaminated water. In general, there are three types of water that are involved with water damage.

1. Clean Water

The first type of water that a homeowner may encounter is clean water or Category 1 water. As the name suggests, this is water clear of contaminants. This type is usually found when water damage comes from a burst supply line that was connected to a dishwasher or cleaning machine. Mold growth may result from this type; however, regular cleanup methods may be able to fix the problem.

2. Contaminated Water

Category 2 water, or “grey water,” is the second type of water that a homeowner may have to deal with during flood season or in-home accidents. This type consists of water mixed with soaps, skin flakes, grease, and oils. If chemical traces are kept below a certain level, there is less chance of danger when exposed to greywater.

3. Black Water

Category 3 water is the type that has the most cause for concern for a homeowner. This type gets its name – black – because it may contain fecal matter. With this type of water, there is a chance that bacterial growth will result from contact. Flood cuts are often used to remove the contaminated area on drywall, and other methods are used in different situations.

When a homeowner runs into any of these three types, especially contaminated water or black water, and the damage they leave behind, it’s always good to get in contact with a professional cleaning service. That way there is a lower chance of any residual damage to a home.

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