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3 Things To Know About Category Three Water

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Stormwater Stormwater falls into category 3

What Does Black Water Mean?

Flood water is often classified into three parts, category 1, category 2, and category 3. This third category is often referred to as black water. Understanding what this term means can be important if your Anaheim, CA, home ever experiences flooding. Here’s what you should know.

1. What It Is

Water is classified in the third category when it is possibly contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, or other materials that could be harmful. Most often this is water that could have come in contact with sewage. Flooding in this category needs to be cleaned up with proper safety equipment and the area sanitized afterward. This is why it’s highly recommended to contact a professional for help.

2. Where It Comes From

In most cases black water comes from sewage overflow. Stormwater also falls into this category as it can be difficult to tell from the water flow where it has been. Other sources include irrigation water, and drainage ditches for the same reason. In most cases if the water source can’t be identified it should be treated as category 3 just to be safe.

3. How To Remove It

It’s important to note that any time a sewage cleanup is needed that a water damage restoration service should be contacted. These professionals have the tools needed for the cleanup, the necessary safety gear, the correct cleaning solutions, and the training needed to complete the job thoroughly. Often the process starts with water removal, and then cleaning and drying the area. Once this is done repairs can be made.

It’s important to know that all floodwater is black water because there’s a chance it may have been contaminated by sewage material. If you have this type of flooding in your home it’s important to contact a restoration professional for help with clean up and repairs. They can safely sanitize your home as well.

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