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2022 Water Damage Categories

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

Every year during the Summer months there is a noticeable increase in severe weather and potential property damage. Due to this increase, it is important to know the differences between the various categories of water damage your property may face. There are distinct signs within each category that help to quickly identify them, but also distinct dangers!

The first category of water damage is when a water loss consists of clean and/or sanitary water sources. Things like water lines, faucet leaks, water fountains, and toilet tanks are all examples of this type of water source. When dealing with a category 1 water loss, there usually isn't more to it than the water damages that your property faces.

The second category of water damage occurs when a water loss consists of water sources with a level of contaminants that can potentially cause illness if ingested. Water sources like dishwashers, overflowing toilets while there is urine in them, and other sources with "used" water are all examples of a category 2 water loss.

The final category of water damage consists of water that comes from dangerously unsanitary sources with high levels of contaminants. You face serious illness or potentially death if water from these sources is ingested. Water from a sewer backup, flooded rivers or streams, overflowing toilets containing feces, and stagnant water that has bacterial growth all fall under the category 3 water loss umbrella.

It is critical to fully grasp and understand the differences between water loss categories, as knowing so can help prevent potential illness when dealing with them. Be ready for any disaster that may come your way!

Be safe and remember, SERVPRO is here to help!

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