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Types of Contaminated Water

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

toilet Avoid cleaning up contaminated water on your own.

Water Damage can be classified into three types of contaminated water. Each type requires a different plan of action that will be determined by SERVPRO experts when they inspect your home or business.

Category 1:

  • Water from a clean source is like a broken water line.
  • If left untreated can degrade into a category 2 or 3.

Category 2:

  • May contain bacteria and viruses.
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.
  • Some examples include washing machine overflow or dishwasher overflow.

Category 3:

  • Grossly contaminated and could cause health effects. 
  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes.
  • Water from flooding rivers or a sewer backup.

Water contaminated with a sewage backup is considered an emergency and should be treated as quickly as possible. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We have experts with specialized training to restore your building to its pre-disaster condition.

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