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Flood Cleaning And Categories Of Flood Damage

When faced with the unpleasant reality of flood damage to your home, it is important to begin the flood cleaning and water restoration process as soon as possible.  Failure to do so can only result in more problems for you later on, from the weakening of your home’s foundation to the growth of mold and the toxins it brings along with it.  You need to be proactive in flood cleaning as soon as opportunity presents itself.1403631_f520.jpg

Knowing the source of the flood water can be invaluable information for the flood cleaning process.  You not only know whether or not you can successfully shut it off, but also what kind of water you may be dealing with.  Water is broken down into three categories:

Category 1 Water – also known as Clean Water, this refers to water that is uncontaminated at the source and poses no threat if consumed by humans or animals.  Clean Water is normally the result of broken water lines, or overflowing sinks or bathtubs.

Category 2 Water – also known as Grey Water, this is water that may have some degree of contaminants at the source, and may cause some discomfort or illness if consumed by humans or animals.  Dishwasher or washing machine runoff, or toilet water with urine present would be examples of Grey Water.

Category 3 Water – known quite appropriately as Black Water, this is water that is highly contaminated at the source and may cause extreme discomfort or serious illness if consumed by humans or animals.  Black Water is universally identified with sewage, but may also refer to sea water, water from rising rivers and streams, as well as standing or stagnant water.

Keep in mind that Category 1 Water may be reclassified as Category 2 if left untreated for longer than 72 hours, and Category 2 Water may be reclassified as Category 3 if left untreated for longer than 48 hours.4aa14fe9c6f3ef6ec834bb187.jpg

In most cases of Category 2 or 3, and in any case involving a spill of considerable size, it is recommended to contact a water damage restoration professional.  Remember that water damage repair on this level is beyond the abilities of most homeowners to handle effectively.  Since it is imperative that it be done right the first time, calling someone with the experience and tools necessary to do the job right becomes a priority.

Your local, IICRC certified water damage restoration company is available 24/7 to service all of your flood cleaning and water damage repair needs.  They can have a qualified technician to your home within the hour to assess the situation and begin flood cleaning procedures.  They are licensed, bonded, and insured, and can even work with your insurance provider and claims adjuster to make sure the process flows smoothly and everything is covered. 


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