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UNDERSTANDING WATER TYPES

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanups. There are 3 types of water. Clean water, Gray water (slightly contaminated), and Black water (contaminated.) 

DAMAGE FROM CLEAN WATER

  • Shut off water source
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets
  • Do not turn on ceiling fan fixtures if ceiling is wet

DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is possibility of spreading contaminated air
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants 
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas

When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Crofton/Odenton/Severn!