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Understanding Category 3 Water Damage

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call if you experience water damage in your home or business.

When damage from flood water occurs, the Jackson Township, OH water damage restoration professionals categorize it in one of three ways:

• Category 1
• Category 2
• Category 3

Category 1 refers to clean water, or water that comes from a burst pipe or broken supply line. Category 2, also called grey water, comes from a source with substantial chemical contaminants, such as a dishwasher, refrigerator or washing machine. Category 3 water is either flood water or toilet overflow. When dealing with category 2 or 3, it’s imperative that you reach out to a water restoration team as soon as possible for help.

Category 3 Water Loss

Category 3 water loss involves water that is contaminated by toxic waste, pathogens or other harmful agents. Typically, this type of water carries pesticides, organic matter, toxic organic substances, silt, regulated materials or heavy metals. Attempting to clean up this type of water loss on your own is not only unwise, but it’s also dangerous. Category 3 water damage usually stems from the following:

• Toilet overflow
• Flood water
• Sewage backup

Sewage backup is often the result of a rising riverbed, flooding streets, flooding sea water, or rising ground surface water. Areas that are most commonly affected by Category 3 are areas prone to extreme weather, such as torrential rains, hurricanes and tropical storms. However, even areas that don’t typically see such weather events are still at risk for a Category 3 water event.

What To Do When Category 3 Water Invades Your Building

As a business owner, you have a responsibility to your building occupants, employees and customers to maintain a safe and hazard-free environment. Category 3 water can get in the way of that duty and put building occupants at risk. Don’t let a flood or backed-up sewage line become a liability issue, and reach out to your Jackson Township, OH water damage remediation team right away. Whether you’re dealing with a toilet overflow or a flood, the right team can perform the necessary cleanup measures and restore your building to pre-flood condition. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com for more information on commercial water damage. 

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