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Classes and Categories of Water Damage

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water damages can happen anytime and in a  number of different ways. It is easy to think of the worst possible scenario when seeing your property overcome by water, but knowing the different classes and categories of water damages will help you in getting the situation remediated.

Classes of Water Damage

  • Class 1: This is the level with the least amount of damage as it only involves a section of a room that has absorbed only a small bit of moisture.
  • Class 2: This level involves water damage to an entire room that has been absorbed into the walls and carpet/flooring.
  • Class 3: In this level the damage has absorbed up into most of the walls and may have come down through the ceiling or gone down throught the floor into another level. This is the worst level of damage.
  • Class 4: The water damage in class 4 requires special drying methods as it involves hardwood floors, concrete and stone materials.

Categories of Water Damage

  • Category 1: The source of this water is "clean" and is coming from a clean water source such as a toilet tank or a broken pipe. Usually thought of as by "can this be drank safely?".
  • Category 2: This category includes water containing detergents or “grey water”. The water usually comes from washing machines or dishwashers. Water containing urine from an overflowing toilet can also be included in this category.
  • Category 3: The water in category 3 is completely unsanitary water coming from sewage, river floodings and even standing water that started to grow bacteria and mold. This water is dangerous and can cause illness and even death if not handled properly.

In order to know which water type you are experiencing, it is best to let professionals handle it.  Call your local SERVPRO for any help or questions.

Find more information Here: https://www.waterdamageadvisor.com/water-damage/water-restoration/

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