Categories of Water Damage 2021
With the yearly uptick in severe weather that we see during the Summer months, it is important to know and understand the differences in each category of water damage that your home or business may face. Each category has distinct signs that help you identify them, but also distinct dangers to you and others!
Category 1 water damage is considered to be a water loss that comes from clean and/or sanitary sources. Examples of these are water lines, faucets, toilet tanks, fountains, etc. This category normally doesn’t cause any issues other than the damage to your property from the water.
Category 2 water damage is considered to be a water loss that comes from sources with levels of contaminants that can potentially cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Some examples of sources that would cause this are dishwashers, toilet overflow with urine in it, or other sources with “used” water.
Category 3 water damage is considered to be a water loss that comes from sources that are deemed to have dangerously unsanitary contaminants. These can cause serious illness or even death if ingested. This includes water damage caused by sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow containing feces, and stagnant water with bacterial growth.
Fully grasping and understanding the differences between these categories and properly using that knowledge when needed is both extremely important and beneficial. Be ready for any disaster that may come your way!
Be safe and remember, SERVPRO is here to help!