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What to Know About the Three Water Damage Categories

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Background of blue water and on the middle a sign that says water categories Flooding is often divided into three categories

Three Things You May Want To Know About The Water Damage Categories

When dealing with water damage at your Fort Collins, CO, place of business it’s important to understand which category the flooding falls under as black water may require some extra cleaning steps. Here are three things you may want to know about the water damage categories.

1. What These Categories Are

Flooding is often divided into three categories to help those performing the cleanup and restoration know what type of contaminants may be present, and what cleaning steps may be required. Category 1 is called white water and is safe for consumption. Category two contains minor contaminants such as food particles or mild chemical cleaners. This is referred to as greywater. Category 3 is often referred to as black and includes any water that may have come in contact with sewage or other harmful substances.

2. What Type of Damage They Can Cause

All of the water categories, including black water, can cause long term damages if left unattended. These can include mold, swelling wood, crumbling drywall, cracks in stone or concrete, loose tiles, and peeling paint among others. Fortunately, with a little work your restoration team can soon have the place looking “Like it never even happened.”

3. What May Be Required for Cleaning

A water damage restoration service, such as SERVPRO, is trained to help with a variety of flooding including sewage cleanup. The grey and black categories may require extra safety steps during the water removal process and well as special cleaning after the area is dry. For this reason, it’s best to allow these restoration professionals to take care of the job.

It’s important to understand that flooding is broken into the white, grey, and black water categories as these can directly influence what cleaning methods are used. Additionally, black and grey water has the chance for carrying chemical or bacterial contaminants which may require some additional restoration steps. If you have any questions a professional can help.

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