Categories of Water Damage

DID YOU KNOW that there are different categories of water damage? Even a little bit of water in the wrong place can be downright dangerous? Flood damage take many different forms, and there are different steps to take to clean them up.

That’s right. You want your home to be clean and dry, but once in a while, it happens… a pipe breaks, a basement floods, or a roof doesn’t do its job and the water comes right in.

A small amount of water can be cleaned up easily.  Large amounts require a professional service. Consider the “categories” of water damage. No matter how much water is involved.

What Are the Categories of Water Damage

IICRC S-500 for Water Damage

Category 1: Normal, “clean” water from a clean source like a leaky pipe, a sink, etc. This type of water is not considered dangerous, but if left unattended, it can quickly become harmful. Clean water damages require extraction and drying equipment, and do not necessarily require carpet or drywall removal. This is a “water intrusion” or “water damage”. Be aware that referring to this type of situation as a flood may get your insurance claim initially denied. Flood is not covered by your regular homeowner’s insurance. It is rising ground water.

Category 2: This is “grey” water and may contain contaminants and bacteria that could be harmful to your health. At this point, it’s best to call a professional water damage company.

Category 3: This is “black” water and always considered dangerous to health of occupants. Do not attempt to clean this type of water, which consists of contaminants from sewage, toilet back-ups and flood waters. Always call a pro!

While it may be tempting to grab the wet-dry vacuum and clean up water on your own, consider the risks to your health and to your family. It doesn’t take long at all for a small amount of water to become a big problem, such as mold.

Be smart — call a water damage pro at Accent American!

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