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Three Categories of Water Damage

Think all water damage is the same? Think again. According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), there are three different levels and classes of water damage. If you’re not sure which of the following categories your water damage falls into, contact Action Restoration’s experts by calling (800) 760-9081 today! Each level and classification carries a different level of risk and must be cleaned differently.

Category 1 – Clean Water Damage

Water damage from a category 1 classification is from clean and sanitary sources, such as:
  • Water lines
  • Faucets
  • Toilet tanks
  • Drinking fountains
  • Showerheads
  • Rainwater (sometimes)
Although this water is clean, it does not come without risks. If it is not cleaned quickly, it can degrade into category 2—leading to health issues for those inhabiting the structure.

Category 2 – Grey Water Damage

Water damage from a category 2 classification is from sources that have a level of contaminants that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. These sources include:
  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines
  • Toilets with urine, but not feces
  • Other sources where water has been used

Category 3 – Black or Unsanitary Water Damage

Water damage from a category 3 classification, sometimes called black water, contains dangerously unsanitary contaminants. It could cause serious illness, or even death if ingested. Category 3 water damage includes water from:
  • Sewers
  • Toilets with feces
  • Rivers or streams
  • Stagnant water bodies that have become a habitat for bacterial growth

Water Damage Restoration by Action Restoration

Whether it was from a recent storm or a burst pipe, contact Action Restoration if you have experienced water damage in your home or business within the U.S. Gulf Coast region. We will provide you with a comprehensive assessment of the damage that has been done to your property and an estimate of the cost and time it will take to repair. We will assist you with your insurance claims to ensure that everything is filed correctly so that your repairs can begin as quickly as possible. Contact us today by filling out a contact form or calling at 800-760-9081 today to get started! Action Restoration provides water damage repair in TexasLouisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
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