Sewage water contains viruses, bacteria and other microbes that can be seriously harmful to the health of you and everyone near the affected building. Contents of sewage water can cause serious illnesses and infections and for this reason, sewer backups should be considered emergencies. Scottsdale 24 Hour Flood Rescue workers are specially trained for this type of work and can easily and safely clean sewage contaminants.
Water damage is usually classified into three classes of contamination. Each class requires a different approach and equipment to ensure both our workers and the general public are safe. Our technicians will determine what category your contamination falls under and will develop an appropriate plan of action. Here is a brief summary of the three levels of water contamination, their characteristics and general treatment methods.
Category 1: ‘Clean Water’
Category one water comes from a clean source, like a burst pipe or leaking faucet. This type of water is not harmful or contaminated at first, but if left untreated it can turn into category two or category three water contamination. Clean water transformation into other categories is greatly influenced by temperature, time, and contact with other contaminants.
Category 2: ‘Grey Water’
Category two is contaminated water and could lead to some minor health problems like nausea and discomfort. This type of water usually comes from overflowing dishwasher water, urine from overflowing toilets (but without feces), and overflow from washing machines. Even though this water is not in the final stage of contamination, if not properly taken care of it could easily turn into category three. Category two water can also contain some bacteria and microorganisms that will harm your health.
Category 3: ‘Black Water’
Category three water is by far the most contaminated. It can cause serious health problems that could even lead to death if ingested. Besides bacteria and microbes, ‘black water’ usually has some hard chemicals that flooding rivers picked up along the way. Never try to deal with this category of contamination by yourself, because special equipment is needed for the safe handling of this job. This category of water comes from a number of sources, which can 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.
Never delay addressing a sewer backup problem, because timing is everything when it comes to this type of water damage. The longer you wait, the bigger the chances are that your category one water will turn into category three. We are always available, so contact us as soon as a problem like this arises. We will send well-trained people with proper safety gear and tools to handle this job as quickly as possible so you can continue with your life or business.