Water Damage Types
Water Damage Types
Water damage is a serious problem. It can lead to mold and mildew growth, stubborn odors, and structural damage that's expensive to repair. When the source of water is unknown or untreated, it's even more dangerous. That's why the Environmental Protection Agency created a classification system that helps property owners understand how severe their particular case of water damage is. Now let's take a closer look at each category of water damage:
Category One water is typically clean and poses no threat. It's often from a leaky faucet or tub that's been draining for some time, and it can be cleaned up easily with soap and water. You could also use this type of water to water plants if need be. This water doesn’t necessarily need any sort of special personal protective equipment to clean it up.
Water that is category two has a significant amount of chemical, biological, or physical contaminants. It's often called "grey water". It can come from a dishwasher or toilet overflow with urine but no feces, a washing machine overflow, or a broken aquarium.
Category three water damage is serious and it needs to be taken care of quickly. Here's what you need to know about the signs of category three water damage, how to clean up after a category three flood, and how to prevent this type of event from happening in your home or business:
- Category three water is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents and can cause significant adverse reactions if an individual is exposed. Sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers and streams, ground surface water, and standing water are all sources of category three water.
- Category three damage means that the level of contamination in your home has reached a point where it would be dangerous for an individual to enter the space without protective gear. This category of damage should be treated by professionals because they have access to the equipment required to clean up this type of contamination safely and effectively.
- Category three water damage is extremely dangerous and should be cleaned up by professionals who have been trained for the task. If you encounter category three damage at your home or business property in Kansas City, MO then you should immediately call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown.
What does this mean? It means that you shouldn't wait until you can start the cleanup process yourself. You must call a professional to address your category 3 water damage situation immediately.
While it might seem like common sense to avoid contact with any form of contaminated liquids whatsoever (especially when they smell bad), there are still some steps that need to be taken when dealing with these types of spills so that they don't cause further damage while they're being cleaned up.
For any kind of water damage, give SERVPRO a call and we will help get your Kansas City home or business back to normal!