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Understanding the Different Categories of Water Damage

Water damage is water damage, right? Not to a clean up company. In fact, there are three different types of water damage. Each one is classified by the extent of the damage caused and by the cause of the incident. Your water damage restoration services will use various cleanup methods depending on the severity of the water damage and the classification. For that reason, it’s extremely important to understand the differences between the different damage categories.

Category One

Water damage is classified as a category one when it’s caused by a burst pipe or overflowing water outlet. There’s no health risk with a category one because there’s no sewage involved. While there’s no immediate danger, the damage should be taken care of immediately. Otherwise, mold could grow, spreading bacteria and contaminating your area. With the quick turn of a wrench, you can turn off the supply and mop up any water before calling in the experts.

Category Two

When water damage is classified as a category two, it indicates that there is an immediate risk to the health of those in the vicinity. Typically this sort of water damage occurs when there’s an issue with a sewer or waterline. Sometimes severely damaged and leaky roofs can also be classified as a category two. To rectify the issue, experts remove the water and then work on repairing the problem or finding the source of the leak. Category two water damage should be seen to by professionals as soon as possible as to limit the amount of health issues.

Category Three

Water damage that requires the immediate attention of remediation specialists is known as category three. Typically category three water damage is caused by floodwater or blockages. Due to stagnant water, there’s a health risk as well as risk of property damage.

Whether your water damage is Smyrna is classified as a type one, two, or three, it’s a good idea to consult with an expert. If you’d like to learn more, give the experts at Integrity Restoration & Remodelling Contractors a call.