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Water Loss Definitions

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Category 1 Loss using specialty equipment to dry


Water losses have several categories of contamination that determines how we will go about mitigating your loss.  See below for the categories and definitions:

  • Category 1 – Clean Water - Includes water from a clean source like a broken water line.  If not treated, it can turn into category 2 or 3.
  • Category 2 – Gray Water - May contain bacteria and viruses.  This can result from a washing machine, dishwasher, or toilet overflow.
  • Category 3 – Black Water - May contain untreated sewage, chemicals, and microbes.  Highly contaminated and can cause severe illness.  Results from water from flooding rivers or sewer backups.

Tips before help arrives:

  • Only restoration professionals should cleanup sewage backups.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.

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