Gray Water vs. Black Water
Sewage is generally divided into two separate categories:
- Gray water or grey water is wastewater produced by showers, tubs, washing machines and dishwashers. This water can contribute to the growth of mold and mildew inside buildings. Gray water can also contain parasites that can be hazardous to human and animal health. It is not, however, generally associated with an increased risk of the transmission of diseases.
- Black water, on the other hand, is the wastewater used to flush toilets. This wastewater contains human waste products and is extremely dangerous to those who come in direct contact with it. Black water is associated with at least a dozen diseases that include encephalitis, hepatitis A, leptospirosis, giardiasis and gastroenteritis.
It is not always easy to tell whether the sewage backup inside your business or home consists of black water, gray water or a combination of both. The bioremediation experts at Bio-One of Tri-State can resolve issues with sewer backups to keep you safe from some serious risks associated with these incidents.
Risks of Exposure to Sewage Backups
Raw sewage that backs up into your home or your business can contain parasites, viruses, bacteria, fungi and many other contaminants that could pose a risk to you or your cleanup crew. Mold is a very common pollutant in sewage and can grow and proliferate in the moist conditions that follow a sewer backup. This can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. The cost of a sewage backup in NY can then turn into a mold remediation if not proactive at the time.
Black water can carry many diseases that can be transmitted to workers without the proper protective equipment and gear. These illnesses can pose serious risks to individuals within your organization or to your family members.
Failing to remove all traces of black water and gray water from your home or business premises can also cause persistent odors, which could reduce the value of your property as well as its appeal for those who live, work or visit these areas. This could add up to significant financial losses for your business and a reduced quality of life for your family inside your home.
How Bio-One of Tri-State Can Help
At Bio-One of Tri-State, our trained and experienced technicians have the protective equipment and the proven knowledge needed to remove every trace of your sewer backup and to restore your home or business to a safe and livable condition. We specialize in extreme cleaning situations and can take the stress and worry out of managing sewage backups on your property. We work with all major home insurance companies to keep your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Give us a call today at 570-877-0868 to schedule a consultation or to request our decontamination services. We look forward to the opportunity to serve your extreme cleaning needs.