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Clean Water - Gray Water - Black Water - what's the difference?

2/24/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clean Water - Gray Water - Black Water - what's the difference? Clean, Grey and Black Water

What's the difference between Clean Water, Grey Water & Black Water?

When facing water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensure proper cleanup.  There are three types of water.  Clean water ... is from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster typically causes black water.  Trained professionals should always handle black water.  When you have water damage -- Do Not leave your property to chance.   Call your SERVPRO team.  

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation.  Consult your local health department or physician. 

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