How to Identify the 3 Types of Wastewater

Have you had a flooding or sewage emergency at your home? Do you have water damage? If so, we know you’re stressed out and wondering what happens next. How water damage in the home is handled depends on kind of wastewater that’s in the home.

There are three kinds of wastewater that can show up in your home. Keep reading to learn more.

Clean Water

No one wants to deal with water in their home, but clean water is the best kind to have because it poses no health threat. Clean water can result from leaks from toilet tanks, malfunctioning water heaters, and even rainwater. Any time you have clean water flooding your home, you can clean it up yourself with one caveat. After 48 hours, standing clean water can turn harmful and becomes classified as greywater.


Let’s talk about greywater. The good news first . . . Greywater doesn’t contain fecal matter. It’s water that comes from showers, laundry machines, sinks, and tubs. It’s a better situation to deal with than blackwater because it has fewer pathogens and is even reusable. Greywater is often used for non-potable needs such as flushing the toilet.

However, since greywater contains tiny amount of contaminants, it’s harmful to ingest. That’s why it’s important for any homeowner cleaning up greywater to take proper precautions. Pets, children, and anyone with compromised immune systems need to stay far away from greywater. If the greywater has saturated flooring, carpeting, or drywall, we recommend calling professional to take care of water damage restoration.


Blackwater is the most destructive and dangerous type of wastewater to handle. This is water that contain human waste. It can backup into a home when a sewer pipe backs up or bursts. Blackwater is gross and hosts numerous dangerous pathogens and bacteria. Skin contact with blackwater can cause illness in anyone who comes in contact with it, including pets.

At My San Dimas Plumber Hero, we advise anyone who has blackwater anywhere on there property to contact professionals to clean up the mess and figure out what’s going on.

When you have water flooding your house, you need to clean up the water, but you also need to figure out why it’s in your home in the first place. That’s when you need the help of our licensed plumbers in San Dimas. Our team has the expertise to investigate clean, grey, and blackwater flooding. We help homeowners figure out what caused the back up and make the necessary repairs.

We dispatch plumbers to homes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No job is too big for our pros to handle. For plumbing repair and replacement in San Dimas, CA, call us today!

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