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3 Things You Should Know About Contaminated Water

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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3 Things You Should Know About Contaminated Water

If you have experienced a severe storm in Colorado Springs, CO, then your home may have suffered some water damage. The kind of water that has affected your house will determine how it should be handled. The following are a few questions that you should know the answers to if you find yourself in this situation.

1. What Are Water Contamination Levels?

There are three different levels of water contamination. The first is level 1, and this is considered to be clean water. Level 2, or gray water, is moderately contaminated and may contain chemicals that could cause irritation and potential health risks. Level 3, or black water, is highly contaminated. It can contain a large number of contaminants and bacteria. It presents a much higher health risk than the other two categories of water.

2. What Contamination Level is Flood Water?

During a severe storm, you will usually see two kinds of water damage. The first comes from the rain, and the second comes from flooding. Rainwater is category 1 and will not require a lot of extra care, but the water that rises up from the ground is category 3. This is because it has likely been in contact with soil and sewage water that contains bacteria and human waste.

3. What Should You Do if This Water Gets in Your House?

If flood water causes damage to your home, you should contact a cleanup and restoration service to deal with it as quickly as possible. Not only can it cause the usual problems that come with moisture, such as mold and warping wood, but it can also spread bacteria throughout the house. Anything that this water touches will need to be thoroughly sanitized and some items may even need to be replaced.
Because water damage can worsen if it is allowed to sit for long periods of time, it is important to act quickly, particularly if the water is category 3. You should avoid contact with this water if possible and allow a professional company to remove it from your home.

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