Is Storm Water Clean Water?
People often perceive storm water to be clean and free of pollutants. Take for example all the children and pets that love to play in puddles after a rainstorm. However, that is not always the case. Especially when water is left stagnant or seeps into your home. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), who sets the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration training, says that there are three levels or types of water damages.
Category 1: Clean Water
This type of water comes from sanitary sources or sources that you would normally get water from. This may include faucets, burst water pipes, or vertical falling rainwater.
Category 2: Grey Water
This type of water is worrisome if left for a long period or if ingested. Grey water comes from incidents such as washing machine, toilet, or dishwasher overflows.
Category 3: Black Water
This is easily the worst classification of water. Black water can cause illness if ingested and has the potential to destroy a home and its contents. Sewer backups, flooded rivers, feces tainted toilet overflow, and stagnant bacteria riddled water all fall into this category.
If you experience water damage in your home after a storm or accident, it is important to act fast. SERVPRO specialists can quickly assess the scene and determine what remediation steps need to be taken. With our professional help, your flooded home can be restored to its original condition. Call us at 662-281-1881!