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The 3 Categories of Contaminated Water

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Blue background of water with the words WATER CATEGORIES in the middle Standing water falls into three separate categories.

Water Categories

What do you think of when you imagine a family home full of contaminated water in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ? You might imagine something dark, murky, and scary. The reality is that standing water falls into three separate categories. This quick guide will help you determine which type you're dealing with.

Category 1: Clean Water

The first type of contamination is known as clean water. Clean water comes from a broken supply line, such as a faucet or pipe. Despite the term, it isn't a problem that you can allow to sit. Without taking care of the issue, it can turn into a category 2 or 3. Determining factors include:

  • How long the water stands
  • Whether there are contaminants in the surrounding area
  • The temperature of the water

Category 2: Gray Water

Gray water is the second category of contaminated water. Gray water comes from places that have mildly dirty water, such as washing machines, toilets that have urine in them, or dishwashers. They may contain viruses or bacteria that make people ill or otherwise uncomfortable and can become a category 3 contamination issue rather quickly.

Category 3: Black Water

When water is extremely contaminated, it is known as black water. Examples of this type of water include toilet bowl water with feces in it, water from a sewage line, water from rivers or streams, or standing water that has microbial growth in it. Highly contaminated water sources can cause severe illness or even death if ingested.

If you have standing water in your home, it is important not to try to clean it up yourself. Even if it is clean water, mishandling the job can cause it to become contaminated quickly. A professional water remediation company has the knowledge and tools required to perform a thorough cleanup job that ensures as little damage as possible to your home and your belongings.

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