How To Deal With Three Categories Of Flood Waters

ROAD CLOSED sign partially submerged in flood

How do you remove floodwaters effectively from your home? A submersible pump should be able to deal with water removal. In Utah, flood clean up experts use them to remove inches of standing water. You can rent high-powered fans for quick drying. You can also add a portable dehumidifier to deal with excess moisture.

To deal with the aftermath of a flood, you have to learn a few things about the cause of your problem. Allow us to introduce you to the three categories of flood waters.

Category 1: Clean Water

Rainwater and water from your supply pipe are both clean. If the source of water damage is either of the two, then you are dealing with a category 1 flooding. You don’t have to worry about health issues when the tub overflows or when a plumbing line breaks. All you have to deal with is excess clean water, which does not need special handling.

Category 2: Grey Water

In this category of flooding, the water is no longer safe. Grey water contains chemicals and bacteria, which can make you and your family sick. Exposure to contaminated water may lead to illness and hospitalization. As such, only professionals should handle this type of flood water. They have proper training and use protective gear.

Category 3: Black Water

As the name implies, black water is grossly unsanitary. Contaminated water sources include sewers and toilets. The color doesn't have to be black. Flood waters can be under category 3 if the source of flooding has contaminants. You must protect yourself and avoid any contact with the water.

You must exercise caution when flooding occurs. You want to protect yourself from contaminants, and lower the risk of getting sick. There is enough water damage to deal with so you have to think about health and safety first.