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Types of Floodwater and What They Mean

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

Dishwasher spilling water A spill from the dishwasher could be considered Category 2

Different Types of Floodwater and What They Mean

Dealing with a flood in your Eureka, MO, business can be overwhelming. As you survey the resulting damage, you may find yourself wondering what your next steps should be. Calling water damage repair professionals is crucial in the aftermath of a storm or flood. However, you should first understand the specific type of flooding you’re experiencing so you can receive the proper help you need. Here are the different types of floodwater and what they mean.

Clean Water

The first category involves clean water, which refers to floodwater that is considered clean and suitable for humans to drink. Clean water may come from the following sources:

  • Tap
  • Appliances
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Melted snow
  • Rain

If you notice water coming from any of these places, it is likely clean for now. However, after forty-eight hours, clean water is more likely to come into contact with surfaces or objects that are contaminated in some way. If this occurs, the clean water may turn into gray water, which poses a greater threat to your business.

Gray Water

Gray water is a more harmful form of water that can appear after a flooding incident. Unlike clean water, gray water is at least partially contaminated and is not suitable for consumption. Gray water typically comes from bathtubs, showers, sinks, dishwashers and washing machines. While the water from a kitchen sink may only contain grease or fats, bathroom sink water can contain traces of excreta and other waste.

Black Water

This third category is the most serious type of floodwater that can seriously harm your business. It includes sewage and wastewater that comes from the toilet. If left untreated, this water can cause severe damage to your building. Be sure to take action immediately if you notice this form of floodwater anywhere on your property.
In the aftermath of a flooding incident, it’s crucial to know what kind of damage you’re facing. Whether your business has signs of clean water or gray water, any form of flood damage deserves immediate attention.

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