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The Categories of a Sewage Cleanup in Barnstable, MA

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Just like any other mess, some sewage related incidents are larger than others. However, it’s not just the size of a sewage incident that determines how dire the situation is. Sewage incidents are broken up into three categories of severity. As a home or business owner, it’s important to be aware of these categories so swift and careful action can be taken to restore the property to its pre loss condition.

                Category 1: “Clean Water”. When a clean water supply line (such as a faucet, etc.) breaks or leaks, it is considered a category 1 water emergency. Depending on variables such as temperature and contact with contaminants, a category 1 situation can escalate to a category 2 or 3.

                Category 2: “Gray Water”. When flood water crosses the line into being contaminated and hazardous for human ingestion, it is considered category 2. This could include water from a washer machine, dishwater, etc. However, category 2 isn’t severe enough to include water infested with feces or harmful chemicals. If a category 2 flood is left untreated for long enough, it can develop into a category 3 situation.

                Category 3: “Black Water”. Flood waters considered, “grossly unsanitary” fall into category 3. This includes, but is not limited to, water that has started microbial growth, water with feces or natural flood waters from a river/stream. Any and all contact with black water should be avoided and needs professional mitigation. If ingested, black water can cause health effects.

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