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Where Different Types of Water Are Found in Your Home | SERVPRO of Blount County

1/26/2024 (Permalink)

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We use water in all kinds of ways in our homes, and each pipe and system is designed to safely carry water and waste to and from our homes without much intervention on our part. We might not think about it on a daily basis, but there is toxic water flowing through our homes every single day.

While this kind of water is usually safely tucked away in your sewage pipes or drainage systems and never becomes an issue, burst pipes, malfunctions or overflowing appliances can all lead to serious situations in your home at any time. 

Our SERVPRO of Blount County team explains more about what the three different types of water are in your home and where they are found, so read on to learn more.

Where White Water Is Found

White water, or clean water, is the water that is flowing from our kitchen sinks or into our ice makers on a daily basis. This water has been processed through a facility and can be ingested safely. 

If a pipe bursts or your ice machine malfunctions and leaks everywhere, this water can be handled safely on your own. Just be sure to not let it sit for any amount of time, as bacteria can start to grow and then it will become dangerous.

Gray Water Locations

Gray water is one step above white water. This water originally may have come from your kitchen faucets or taps, but has been used and is now contaminated with food, laundry soap or urine. 

If a laundry machine overflows or your garbage disposal gets clogged and your sink keeps running, this is how gray water can get onto your floors or behind your walls.  This type of water can cause illness or GI issues and should be handled with caution. 

The Reality of Black Water
Black water is toxic and should never be cleaned up on your own. Black water is water that has been contaminated with feces, blood or chemicals that are hazardous to human health. 

Sewage leaks and floodwater are both two common examples of black water. It should always be cleaned up by properly trained professionals in full safety gear. 

Where We Come In
We are a full-service restoration company, and we mean it! We can handle any sort of biohazard situation on your property, including sewage leaks or other black water concerns. 

If you find mysterious or filthy water anywhere in your home, back up and call SERVPRO of Blount County. We can identify the type of water, fix whatever leaked or malfunctioned, and then handle any necessary repairs if the lingering water damages any part of your home. 

Sewage leaks or backups should always be dealt with right away. Our team will jump into action in our PPE for you as soon as you call us!

Don’t try to clean up a sewage leak on your own. Call us at SERVPRO of Blount County right away.

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