What is Blackwater?

Blackwater is a context in sanitation that denotes wastewater from sanitary lines such as toilets. The blackwater usually contains pathogens which are microscopic organisms that cause and/or have the potential to cause diseases. Blackwater includes feces, urine, water, and even toilet papers from flush toilets. It is usually distinguished from greywater from sinks, bathrooms, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances. While washing foods, clothing, dishes, as well as water from showers, baths, and water coming from domestic equipment other than toilets, are considered greywater. Although there is a close resemblance between greywater and blackwater, it is highly encouraged to keep the greywater separate from blackwater to reduce the amount of water that gets heavily polluted and to simplify treatment methods for the greywater.


What Causes Blackwater Appearance?

One obvious source of blackwater is the toilet. Human wastes are generally considered hazardous, especially those who came from sick people because it is a possible carrier of a multitude of bacteria that could potentially be passed onto others. 

Furthermore, kitchen sinks are also one of the sources of blackwater. It contains grease, oils, and food wastes which could possibly carry pathogens. Also, laundry water from a house with a sick person or a baby is considered blackwater, since it presumably is loaded with pathogens.


Black Water isn’t always Black

Home and property owners cannot merely look for water that appears black when the sewage water at home or business is contaminated. This type of contaminated water may appear in black in some, but not at all, instances. We can also see it as brown, gray, green, or even as water with a tint of darkening. With this condition stated, it is fair to conclude that the darker the water (blacker in color) the more contaminants it contains.


Black Water Health Risks

Blackwater is highly hazardous water for your health. It can contain harmful bacterias such as e.coli and campylobacter. Both bacteria may cause serious illness affecting a person’s digestive system. In addition to these harmful bacteria, blackwater also contains microorganisms, including various parasites, that have the ability to lodge in a person’s body. It is capable of carrying fungi spores and may end up growing different forms of toxic molds inside a residence or business property. 

Bacteria found in blackwater are capable of releasing endotoxins which are airborne toxins that may cause a person exposed to them to become afflicted with long term respiratory illness. In addition, these toxic mold particles and spores can be airborne when a mold growth itself is disturbed. This disturbance can cause the release of dangerous airborne particulates that includes even a slight brief puff of air. 


Problem with Blackwater?

Dealing with blackwater problems on your own could bring hazards to your health. It is best addressed by professionals who know how to clean them with caution. They use specialized protective equipment to clean and sanitize the affected areas. You can trust them to do the work for you. Call our cleaning professionals at 951-719-7313.