How well do you know your water?
We deal with water damages every day. Part of effectively cleaning up a loss is identifying what type of water caused the damage. There are three different classifications for water: clean, gray and black.
Much like its name states, “clean” water is free of harmful contaminants and is the result of broken water lines, malfunctioning appliances, toilet holding tanks, snow melt, and rainwater.
This is the easiest type of water damage to clean up after, but after sitting for 48 hours and following contact with the surfaces of a building, clean water then moves up to a category two, which is gray water.
With “gray” water, water damage cleanup and restoration will become a bit more serious and involved as it generally contains some kind chemical or biological contamination.
Gray water can often come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. Again, the 48-hour exposure time applies here as well because if it is not quickly treated, gray water will turn into black water.
Black water is the third classification of damaging water and the most serious of the three classifications. Considered highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter, it would include floodwaters containing soil and all sewage waters.
Sewage is laden with contaminating microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, which can be harmful to humans. Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:
- Gastroenteritis-type illnesses
When it comes to floods, assume that all water is black water since it will pick up contaminants as it travels along its path.
All three of these water classifications are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), which is an organization that certifies and sets the standard for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our technicians are certified in IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.
It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services! We are here for you 24/7 ~ 843.552.1226