Types of Contaminated Flood Water

There are many different types of water when it comes to floods. Some can be very dangerous, while others are not so harmful. If you have had a flood in your home, make sure you find out what type of contaminated water it is before you clean it up yourself. When in doubt, always call a professional.

Whitewater – Category 1

Whitewater is also known as clean water or fresh water. It has either been pumped into the home from an overflowing sink, broken water line, or leaking faucet. Whitewater is harmless to humans and animals, but could cause sickness if the water contains detergents and is ingested. White water is safe to clean up yourself.

Watch Out: Whitewater can turn into greywater within 48 hours.

Greywater – Category 2

This is also known as wastewater, or sullage, and comes from showers, bathtubs, sinks, dishwashers and washing machines. Greywater flooding often occurs when an appliance malfunctions. It can often contain contaminants, such as cleaning agents, bleach, dirt and grease, that can be harmful to people and pets if ingested or exposed. You may clean up Greywater by yourself as long as you take safety precautions by wearing boots, long pants, long sleeves, rubber gloves, and safety glasses.

Watch Out: Greywater can turn into blackwater within 48 hours.

Blackwater – Category 3

This is the most dangerous of the three types of water because the primary source is sewage, consisting of human and animal waste. It may also contain harmful chemicals, that if in contact with or ingested, could cause diseases, illnesses or even death. This type of cleanup and removal should be left to the professionals.

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