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Where Unclean Water Damage Can Come From

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm flooding is one of many ways gray or black water can enter your home.

Three Ways Gray or Black Water Can Enter Your Home

Water damage can be categorized by several determiners, one of the most important being water quality. Water can be defined as clean, gray, or black, with each category respectively being more unclean than the last. Gray and black water damage in Caldwell can come from several sources, most of them being particularly severe compared to clean water sources. Here are a few ways gray or black water can find its way into your home.

Storm Flooding

Storms cause some of the worst water damage in Caldwell and surrounding areas, as the elements have few hampers on their power and come from outside the home. Thus, when water comes into the building, it often carries with it debris and contaminants picked up from elsewhere. Floods and other forms of storm damage can cause highly visible staining and coat your floors in mud and debris. Most storm floodwaters are thus classified as black due to their high rates of contamination.

Sewage and Unclean Water

Most homes have at least one avenue for unclean water running through them, the most common being septic and sewage systems. These can rupture or overflow and create hazardous conditions in the home. Other water sources, such as non-potable water containers and storm gutters, can also produce gray water damage. Floods and damage of this type can become dangerous biohazards, so exercise caution around them until SERVPRO technicians arrive.

Clean Water and Time

In some cases, clean water flooding can become gray and black water over time. Standing water can foster the growth of mold and bacterial colonies, algae, and some types of insects, all of which can potentially cause health effects without careful precautionary measures. To avoid clean water damage worsening into a more severe state, be sure to contact SERVPRO quickly for faster water removal.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell has the tools and training to handle all varieties of water damage and can ensure that your home returns to its original state with as little risk, energy, and cost as possible. Call us at (208) 466-5000.  

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