Water damage can destroy your property, and it can cause serious health problems. Water damage can be divided into three categories. In the first category, the water does not contain harmful pathogens. If the water is not removed in a timely manner, the water damage will be upgraded to category two. The water damage can cause sickness and discomfort in the second category. In the third category, water damage can cause severe respiratory problems.
Here is more information on the 3 major water damage categories and their differences
Category One Water Damage
Leaky pipes and leaky toilets are classified as category one water damage. The water is clean, and the problem can be remedied with a minimal amount of equipment. If category one water is removed within one day, the water might not be a health hazard. Mold and Microorganisms can grow faster if the air is stagnant and humid.
Category Two Water Damage
Gray water is classified as category two water damage. The water can come from faulty appliances or broken aquariums. Category two water damage may contain bio-contaminants and harmful chemicals. The chemicals might cause asthma attacks, headaches and nausea. The water needs to be removed within two days.
Category Three Water Damage
Floodwater is classified as category three water damage. The water contains harmful bacteria, and the pathogens can cause severe medical problems. The most common side effects are respiratory illnesses and a weakened immune system. Parasites and viruses breed in category three water damage. Floodwater needs to be removed immediately.
The water can be removed from the floor when the excess moisture is removed from the air. A water restoration specialist can use dehumidifiers and disinfectants. Professional water damage restoration specialists can work directly with your insurance company. If the paperwork is filled out correctly, the claims can usually be processed without further delays.
If you aren’t sure what type of water damage you might have call one of our water damage experts at 480-309-2524