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FAQs About Contaminated Water

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage FAQs About Contaminated Water if you have contaminated water, SERVPRO can help!

Contaminated water can cause a great amount of damage to homes in Lost Mountain, GA. However, understanding more about water contamination can be helpful to homeowners.

What Are the Types of Water Contamination?

Not all water contamination is the same, and the type of water contamination can often determine the amount of time and the cost a cleanup will take. The types of water contamination include:

  • Category 1: damage under this category is also called clean water because the water itself is sanitary
  • Category 2: called gray water, water in this category has some amount of debris and contamination
  • Category 3: also known as black water, water is filled with hazardous contaminants and debris

What Causes Water Contamination?

Each category of water contamination has different common sources. Overall, there are various causes of contaminated water, including, but not limited to:

  • A damaged supply line
  • Broken or leaking pipes
  • Sewer backups
  • Broken or damaged appliances, such as washing machines or dishwashers
  • Flooding

Can Water Contamination Be Prevented?

Though every situation is different, there are several steps you can take to decrease the likelihood of your home becoming affected by water contamination. If you notice a problem with any pipes, appliances or if you notice your water bill has suddenly increased for seemingly no reason, it’s often helpful to have an inspection. Fixing a small problem soon after noticing it can help to prevent leaks or flooding. Additionally, it’s often possible to prevent water contamination by quickly removing standing water, as clean water can turn into gray or black water if it is not quickly removed and the area isn’t sanitized.

Knowing the types and causes of contaminated water as well as knowing steps to take to prevent it can help homeowners prepare and protect homes. If your home has been affected by water contamination of any kind, you may want to call water damage restoration professionals

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