Flooded Basement? What type of water could be in your basement.
Early spring brings melting snow and heavy rains, all of which could potentially pose a threat to flooding your basement and damaging your treasured items. We get a lot of questions on the types of water. To help you understand what kind of water could potentially be in your basement there are (3) categories:
Category 1: Known as "clean water" which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Most of the water that comes into your home will be Category 1 until it leaves its source, either a supply line, an appliance, or melting snow or rain. The water in this category may become contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings, walls, subfloors, etc..
Category 2: Water that begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. Also know as "gray water" is typically overflow water from an appliance, toilet, or an aquarium.
Category 3: Water which is highly contaminated and could lead to death or a serious illness if consumed by humans. Also know as "black water" examples are sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes.