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What Is Category 1 Water Damage?

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

It can be difficult to tell whether water in your building is contaminated or not.

If your business in Riverside, CA has experienced any flooding, you may have heard the phrase "Category 1 water damage." Simply put, this label means that you are dealing with clean water, as opposed to contaminated water in your building. While you will still need water damage restoration services to quickly address any harm that has occurred, you can take a sigh of relief knowing that the area is sanitary and acceptable to enter. Here is some general information about how flood water is categorized and how you can tell if it is contaminated or not.


The Three Categories of Water Damage


When flooding occurs in a structure, it is important for the restoration company to categorize the type of water damage for insurance purposes and so the specialist knows how to best proceed. There are three main categories water is put into depending on the level of contamination:

Category 1 Water: Clean water that is free from all contaminants
Category 2 Water: Contaminated water that may be harmful if ingested
Category 3 Water: Severely contaminated water that is severely harmful or even lethal if ingested

While all three situations need to be handled immediately by remediation experts, Category 3 Water poses a serious threat to the wellbeing of anyone it comes into contact with and needs to be treated as an emergency.


Determining the Level of Contamination


First, you need to determine the source of the flooding. While water from a supply line: broken pipe is sanitary, water from a clogged toilet or from outside are a few examples of contaminated sources. Additionally, water that has been sitting for a long time, especially in elevated temperatures, is likely hazardous.


If flooding occurs in your building, it is unsafe to assume that you are always dealing with clean water. If you are not sure if the water is contaminated, your best bet is to wait for professional help.

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