Assessing the Types of Water Damage: Clean, Grey, Black
Before even beginning the restoration process, gauging the scope of your water damage can help you decide whether it’s possible to take the DIY route or if it’s wiser to seek professional help. Water damage comes in three distinct categories, each of
which describes the water quality of the leak in your home.
The safest category of water damage is clean water, in which the water leaking into the home is clear and otherwise uncontaminated. This might describe water leaking from supply pipes, bathtub overflow, or rainwater leaking in from
your roof. Generally, clean water is safe for you to repair yourself in small amounts.
More risky is greywater, leakage that is no longer clean and likely contains contaminants of some type. Whether it’s used drainage from bathtubs and bathroom sinks or leakage from your washing machine, exercise caution if you choose
to restore this category of water damage yourself.
Blackwater, on the other hand, is best left to the professionals. Unsanitary and often dangerous, blackwater may contain contaminants like dangerous bacteria or sewage. If your home is experiencing damage from blackwater, reach out
to a professional restoration team at once.