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How to Handle Clean Water VS Contaminated Water

8/15/2023 (Permalink)

When your property has suffered water damage, leave it to SERVPRO of College Park, Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover to take care of your water damage needs. It is important to understand the type of water you are dealing with to ensure proper cleanup. There are three types of water: clean water, gray water, and black water. Consider the following steps to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive. 

Three Types of Water

Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean water.

Gray water is clean water that has been untreated. Bacteria and other contaminants begin to grow on the clean water making the water hazardous.

Black water is highly contaminated water filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water usually occurs from sewage damage, flooding or any natural disaster.

Damage from clean water tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible, or contact our SERVPRO professionals to do so.
  • Remove as much access water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and pop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.

 Damage from contaminated water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage
  • Do not want through contaminated areas
  • Do not turn on HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure air flow can spread contamination
  • Discard any food or products of personal hygiene if exposed to contaminated areas 

Feel Free to reach out to our team for your restoration needs. SERVPRO of College Park, Hyattsville and SERVPRO District Heights / Landover are here to assist you! Call us at 301-779-3662

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