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What Is Category One Water Damage?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

air movers placed alongside hallway of a commercial building Commercial water damage in Town and Country, MO

Business floods can be disastrous, but all flooding is not created equal. Flood restoration experts classify water into three categories: Category One, or “clean water”; Category Two, or “gray water”; and Category Three, or “black water.” In terms of flood cleanup, Category One is the quickest, simplest, and least expensive for you and your business.

Category One Water Sources

If your business flooding was due to a broken pipe, the floodwater might be Category One if the pipe in question was a supply line. Supply lines carry clean, potable water into your business. A broken supply line is a common source of Category One flooding. Other sources of Category One floodwater could include:

  • an overflowing (clean) sink
  • a malfunctioning ice maker or hot water heater
  • a broken toilet tank or clean toilet bowl
  • a fire hose
  • melting ice or snow

Category One Cleanup
The “clean water” in a Category One flood event is generally considered to be free from organic matter and other contaminants and is not substantially dangerous to humans or animals. Most business contents that have come into contact with Category One water can be dried out and fully restored, even carpet and carpet pads. Regardless of the category, floodwater should be dealt with as quickly as possible. Even a small amount of standing water – including Category One water – can cause mold to grow. Most importantly, Category One water can become Category Two or Category Three if it comes into contact with contaminants, such as those on or under the floor of your business, or if it remains standing for 48 hours.
Water damage, even from clean water, becomes more difficult and costly to repair with each hour that passes, and DIY cleanup attempts can waste valuable time. If you experience a business flood in Town and Country, MO, the smartest move is to call a water loss restoration company as soon as possible.

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