An Explanation of Category 3 Water
You never want to see water in your building in a place it doesn't belong. Flood water can do devastating damage to the flooring, walls and ceiling of your building. Your equipment and materials are also at risk. When flooding occurs, it's important to recognize what type of water is in the area. Some water can be hazardous or even fatal to your health.
When floods occur, and water rushes into your building, it will be in one of three categories. These are:
Category 1: Otherwise known as clean water from a broken supply line or overflowing sink or appliance.
Category 2: Sometimes called gray water; contains chemical or biological contaminants.
Category 3: Called black water; contains contaminants such as human waste or heavy metals.
Category 3 flood water often infiltrates buildings and other public areas due to a broken or backed up sewer line. An overflowing toilet can also introduce this type of water.
As if storm damage to your Warwick, RI, building isn't bad enough, when it is coupled with black water, there are significant health risks. Even touching this water can cause a person to become extremely uncomfortable and ill. Ingesting any of this water could cause death.
You should never get near category 3 water. If you know the flood is due to sewage issues, either by sight or by the way it smells, evacuate the building immediately. You should then contact city utility and maintenance crews. It's also important to get in touch with a professional flood cleanup team. This crew has the experience, expertise and equipment to safely remove the water. Once the team gets rid of the water, technicians will thoroughly sanitize the area to ensure it is safe to return to work.
Flood water comes in various forms. You hope it's never category 3, but if it is, make sure you call the professionals right away.