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Which Types of Water Are Contaminated?

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Which Water Types Are Contaminated?

There are three types of water involved in leaks. The first is clean water that originates directly from a supply line, such as a pipe. Clean water is not contaminated. The most common cause of clean water leaks is when a pipe bursts. Secondary damage is the only threat of leaks involving this type of water. It is important to thoroughly dry any areas into which clean water has leaked to prevent the possibility of mold growth over time. There are two types of contaminated water: gray water and black water. The risks involved with these types of water differ considerably from a clean water leak.

1. Gray water does not contain solid waste. Shower or bathwater, water from appliances such as washing machines, and toilet water that only contains urine are all examples of gray water. This water may contain some bacteria but does not necessarily pose a major health risk. It is a still a good idea to clean, disinfect and dry any area affected by a gray water leak.

2. Black water contains fecal matter and therefore bacteria and pathogens that can spread infections. This type of water poses the greatest risk when it comes to sewage damage. Any areas that are exposed to this highly contaminated water should be thoroughly cleaned, dried, and disinfected. Porous materials coming in contact with this water will likely need to be thrown out.

You may be able to handle a leak yourself depending on the extent of the water damage and whether it involves clean water from a supply line or contaminated water. If you are dealing with a large leak or a leak of either gray water or black water that requires you to not only clean and dry but disinfect the area, you may want to contact experts in Valrico, FL, who specialize in water or sewage damage. Damage restoration specialists have equipment designed for cleaning, drying, and disinfecting areas damaged by sewage or water.

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