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Understanding the Three Types of Water Damage

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Five air movers placed in an area where water damage occur, flooring has been removed Cleaning up after water damage in a home in Round Rock, TX.

Understanding the Differences In Water Damage Categories

Any home can experience water damage, but it's important to understand the three categories by which it is classified. Being able to identify which type of damage you are dealing with can help you address any water issue in your Round Rock, TX, home.

1. Category 1 - Clean Water
Contamination levels determine water damage categories, the first of which is referred to as clean water. As the name suggests, this type contains no dangerous contaminants and is relatively easy to manage. Clean water damage may include an overflowing sink or shower or appliances that leak water from their supply line.

2. Category 2 - Grey Water
Chemical or biological contaminants are the basis of the second category type, known as greywater. Cleaning detergents or urine can lead to greywater in your home's washing machine or toilet. Exposure to this type of water damage poses slight risks and if left untreated, can become even more unsanitary and evolve into the final category type.

3. Category 3 - Black Water
The third category, and the most alarming, features the highest level of contaminants, including bacteria and fungi. Sewage backup (think an overflown toilet) and groundwater flooding due to storms, rising seas, or rivers are the main causes of black water.
Because of the biohazards this category carries, it's vital to let a water damage restoration company handle the job. Flooding and sewage cleanup is best left to the experts as they are fully equipped to remove the infected water, dry the area and sanitize the property to the highest standard.
Understanding the differences in water damage categories can help keep your home and family safe. You'll be in the clear with clean water, while greywater offers more concern and black water means it's time to bring in professionals.

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