Categories Of Water
The level of water damage restoration spends on many factors directly related to the extent of damage and the category of water.
- Category 1: burst pipes – appliance supply lines – vertical rainwater
The water is clean at the releasing source where it does not pose a hazard if consumed. However, it may progressively become contaminated as it gets mixed with soils, debris from subflooring and particles from flood covering. Time and temperature promote microorganisms growth, so even if you know this is originally “clean water”, acting promptly is essential.
- Category 2: washing machine – dishwasher – toilet overflow
The water has been contaminated to some level and is not safe for consumption. Again, time, temperature and contact with contaminants can quickly degrade category 2 water.
- Category 3: sewage – river or stream flooding – standing water – toilet backflow
In this case, water is grossly unsanitary. Microbial growth is underway and ingestion can cause severe illness.