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The 3 Classes of Water Damage

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The 3 Classes of Water Damage Water damage in this fire department came from a burst pipe over an office restroom, which makes it Category 1 water damage.

To most homeowners, water damage is all the same and should be addressed immediately. While there should be an immediate response, did you know there are three water categories that are ranked based on their contamination levels? In fact, each category requires a different treatment and restoration method because of health risks. Below we examine the different types of water damage categories!

Category 1 Water Damage: Clean Water

Category 1 water damage is the safest and easiest damage to mitigate. This is clean water that has escaped from its containment. Some examples include water that flowed or dripped from a burst water pipe, a damaged water supply line to the fridge, or even an under-the-sink pinhole leak. Even though there can be substantial damage, it is fairly easy to clean up once the source has been repaired. However, if Category 1 water is left unattended for too long, it can downgrade to gray water.

Category 2 Water Damage: Gray Water

Category 2 water damage has a significant degree of contamination and can cause sickness or discomfort. Gray water can come from sources such as washing machine or dishwasher discharge, toilet overflows (that contains urine), and aquarium leaks. Water damage in this category must undergo cleaning processes and other steps may need to be taken.

Category 3 Water Damage: Black Water

Category 3 water damage is highly unsanitary and/or hosts pathogenic agents. This is most commonly caused by water that intrudes from the outside (such as from flooding) or occurs from toilet discharge that originates from the sewer or septic system. This kind of water damage requires full PPE gear and professional, multi-step cleaning. If individuals with compromised immune systems inhabit the home or building, it’s strongly advised that they evacuate until it’s been judged safe to occupy.

Cleaning and Mitigating Your Water Damage

If you have water damage in the Newton or Conover, NC areas, know that we at SERVPRO of Catawba County East have the tools and experience to clean your home or building. Regardless of the water damage category, our team is capable of making it “Like it never even happened.” You can call us any time at (828) 465-6504!

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