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Exploring the 3 Contaminated Water Types

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Contaminated water in Oviedo, FL, is something that no one wants to deal with, but it happens, so you want to ensure that you are informed. This guide helps you take the right steps to restore your home following a flood or bad water situation. 

Clean Water

Also referred to as white water, this type is considered clean and not harmful to people or your pets. The one exception to this rule would be if detergent got into the water. You may experience a flood of this water type due to situations, such as the following:

  • Overflowing sink
  • Toilet overflow or backup
  • Damaged or broken water supply line
  • Faucet damage or a severe leak

It is important to note that while this is initially considered harmless in most cases, it can progress to contamination within 48 hours, so prompt action to clean it up is often imperative. 

Contaminated Water

This type of wastewater may flow from your washing machine, dishwasher, or bathroom fixtures. It usually does not hurt people or pets, but it can contain impurities that can pose a danger to them. Some of the impurities that may be present include cleaning agents, food residue, and household chemicals. Within 48 hours, the associated mold and bacteria growth can transform into black water.

Sewer Water or Outside Flood Water

Sewer water is referred to as black water, and since it contains sewage, it is considered the most dangerous form of adulterated water. You should not attempt to go into an area with it without the proper protection.

Understanding clean water, contaminated water, black water, and the supply line that brings the water to your home can make it easier for you to take the appropriate action should you end up with unwanted water in your home. The faster you act, the more you reduce the potential negative issues, such as destruction of your belongings and mold growth. 

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