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What Kind of Water is it?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help with all of you water damage needs in Panama City Beach, Grand Lagoon, Lynn Haven, and surrounding areas.

When you home or business experiences a water damage, it is imperative to begin the mitigation and remediation processes as soon as possible to limit the amount of damage sustained.  Untreated water damages can easily spread, creating both the potential for mold or bacteria growth and structural and contents damage.  One of the primary factors the professionals at SERVPRO of Bay County consider to properly begin the mitigation process is “What Kind of Water is it?”

  • Category 1, or “Clean Water” is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon factors such as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.
  • Category 2, or “Gray Water” has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
  • Category 3, or “Black Water” is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Each of these categories of water requires a different mitigation approach, equipment, and materials.  SERVPRO of Bay County will inspect the damages sustained to plan the appropriate response and begin the process of safely working at your home or business.  Serving Panama City, Panama City Beach, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help with all categories of water damage loss.  Give us a call at 850-785-1077, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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