Types of Water
Did you know that some common causes of water damage include flooding caused by severe weather, plumbing leaks, sink, bathtub, or toilet overflow, and sewage backup. You don't want to spread polluted water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas of your home. Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with the contaminated areas. An important fact in all water damages is the type of water.
Clean: Water that does not pose substantial harm to humans. (Examples: Broken water supply lines, water heaters, toilet tanks, tub and sink overflows, rain, snow)
Gray: Examples include discharge from dishwashers, washing machines, Fish tanks, toilet bowls without solid waste, and any water that contains chemicals, fungus or algae. If left untreated for 48 hours, this can turn into a Category 3 (Black Water)
Black: Examples include sewage and toilet backflows, river, stream and seawater flooding and sources with toxic pesticides or heavy metals.