Categories of Water Damage

Numerous causes may lead to origination of water damages in a residential and commercial property. Different sources such as plumbing failures, equipment failures, and bad weather can cause heavy water damages to a property. It is, however, vital to note that not all water damages are of the same kind. As per the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, water damages can be classified in three different categories.

Categories of Water Damage Los Angeles

Each category of water damages poses different scales of risk and hence different restoration practices.

#1 Clean Water Category

Clean water category refers to a source of water that does not contain any harmful agents, which can pose substantial threat to humans and pets. You can drink this water, use it for cleaning purpose and can inhale it safely. Most of the water that we have in our home belongs to this category.

A few examples of clean water category are: broken water supply lines, sink overflows and appliance malfunctions that involve water supply lines.

But, keep in mind, that once the clean water leaves its source, it can quickly become contaminated and deteriorate to category 2 or 3.

#2 Grey Water Category

The water that falls in this category is certainly contaminated and poses health risk to humans and pets. Grey water is unsafe to contact and consumption and may cause discomfort and sickness when consumed or even exposed. Therefore, it is pertinent to take quick action and get professional help from restoration experts of Los Angeles water damage restoration who will promptly and efficiently restore the damaged property.

Examples of grey water category are: toilet bowls with urine, sump pump failures, overflowing washing machines and dishwashers. Even grey water, like clean water, can get further contaminated and become foul smelling, if prompt action is not taken.

#3 Black Water Category

The black water category is grossly contaminated and is highly toxic when consumed, inhaled, or come in contact. Not only can it cause severe health ailments in humans and pets, but also death. The black water may contain pesticide, toxic materials, heavy metals, and other raw organic substances. Unlike the previous two categories of water damages, the black water category will surely have a foul smell.

A few examples of black water category include (but not limited to) are: water from sewer backup, flooding from rivers and streams, toilet overflows with feces, and standing water. In order to remove black water from a property and to quickly restore a damaged property, it is imperative to get help from professionals. Do not try to remove the water on your own. It requires professional training and right equipments in order to effectively restore a black water damaged property.

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