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Many homeowners think that the water damage control to their property is something that they can quickly fix on their own. They assume that the water control is a simple process that will involve pumping out the flood of water and drying out the area.

Water losses fall into one of the three categories. Determining these categories is the key to introducing proper drying techniques; This will also designate what can and can not be restored.

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Burst Pipe Flood: Water Losses Categories

CATEGORY 1 – Clean Water

Water losses from category 1 originate from a source not posing harm to humans.

Sources of category one water may include:

  • broken water supply lines
  • sink overflows with no contaminants
  • appliance malfunctions involving water supply lines
  • melting snow
  • falling rainwater
  • broken toilet tanks
  • toilet bowls that do not contain contaminants. In other words, additives

However, if left untreated for 72 hours, category one water becomes Category 2 water.

CATEGORY 2 – Gray Water

This water contains a significant level of contamination. Category 2 also has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if consumed by or exposed to humans.

Category 2 water carries microorganisms and nutrients for microorganisms. Its sources may include discharge or overflow from any of the following:

  • dishwashers
  • washing machines
  • toilet bowls (with some urine but no faeces)
  • sump pump failures
  • seepage due to hydrostatic pressure
  • broken aquariums

Gray water may contain chemicals, bio-contaminants, and other forms of contamination. For example, physical hazards and is unsuitable for consumption. When affected with category two water, as a result, carpet padding needs to be removed and properly disposed of.

If left untreated, category two water becomes Category 3 water in 48 hours or less.

CATEGORY 3 – Black Water

Blackwater contains pathogenic agents and is grossly unsanitary.

Category 3 water includes sewage and other contaminated water sources entering or affecting the indoor environment.

References may be toilet backflows that originate from beyond the toilet trap and all forms of flooding, from seawater, ground surface water, and rising water from rivers and streams. These water types carry silt and organic matter into structures and create black water conditions—Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpets Auckland.

The health of workers and occupants is the most crucial consideration when dealing with sewage backflows. Always remove and properly dispose of both carpet and padding affected by a Category 3 water loss.

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When a regulated material is present in any water damage situation, a specialized flood restoration expert may be necessary to assist in damage assessment.

Regulated materials may consequently pose potential or recognized health hazards and risks. Besides categories of water damage, there are also four classes per the IICRC.

Water damage is divided into a class based on the rate of evaporation required. Often the type of material that has been affected is the determining factor.

Class 1

The water loss has been limited to only a partial room area and the materials affected are of low porosity. There is little or no wet carpet or cushion.

Class 2

The entire room is affected as well as the carpet and cushion. Water has wicked up the walls 1-2 feet. Moisture remains in the structure of the building.

Class 3

The slowest evaporation rate and water may have come from above. Ceilings, walls, carpet, cushion, and subfloor are all saturated. Surely will require ample time to dry.

Class 4

Class 4 comprises wet materials with low porosity or permeation. Such as hardwood, concrete, stone, brick, or plaster. Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpets Auckland offers flood cleaning carpet drying and has special equipment that creates an environment of very low humidity.

As you can see, water damage is a severe matter. If not dealt with immediately, the adverse health effects are numerous. Suppose your home or other property has been affected. By any water mentioned or not mentioned above, I recommend calling a professional restoration company ASAP. Above all, they will know exactly what to do.

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