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Three Categories of Water Damage

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

When a home is flooded, water is the only thing that comes to your mind. Many people do not realize that there are actually classifications when is comes to the water that floods their homes and businesses. Water damages fall into three main categories according to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification).

The first category is Clean Water. The classification of clean water means that the source of the water is from a sanitary place. This could be drinking fountains, faucets, or water lines. Even though the source is sanitary, it must not be taken lightly. Without proper remediation, clean water can become unsanitary and poses the possibility of causing health issues to anyone who lives in the affected home.

The second category is Grey Water. The classification of grey water is water that can cause illness or discomfort if ingested. The source of the water could come from “used” water, overflowing toilets with urine (not feces), dishwashers, and washing machines.

Lastly, the third category is Unsanitary. The classification of Unsanitary water in a water damage means that the water contains contaminants that are not only unsanitary but dangerous. If ingested, it may lead to serious illness or death if ingested. The sources could be sewer back up, flooding from rivers or streams, or stagnant water that has become a habitat for bacteria.

Therefore, it is important to contact a Service Professional such as SERVPRO® of Charles County or SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill to assist with your water damage. In the time of need, you want to make sure you have experienced professionals to help you through hard times and safely remediate your home.

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