What Are the Categories of Water Damage?

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Water damage caused by sewer backup, water backup, water heaters, overflow and discharge, floods, or any other kind of emergency can be categorized based on the type of water involved. Understanding the categories of water damage, and the risks associated with each one, can help you know how to proceed if you are ever faced with water damage.

Category 1: Clean Water

Clean water damage is the least harmful, but it still must be treated right away. It comes from sanitary sources, including water lines, faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, showerheads, and rain. You can generally clean this water damage by yourself; just turn your water supply off and use a mop to get rid of the water. This damage is easier to repair than other kinds of water damage and poses no immediate health risks if taken care of at once. If this water is left standing, it can morph into grey water within two days.

Category 2: Grey Water

Category 2 water damage is caused by grey water. Grey water is classified as such due to the level of contaminants it contains. This water comes from sources such as dishwashers, bathtubs, sinks, washing machines, toilets with urine, and other used water sources. Grey water can easily seep into carpet, drywall, and furniture. Repairing category 2 water damage requires the assistance of professionals. Water damage specialists can safely clear away grey water and identify the cause of the leak or flood.

Category 3: Black Water

Due to the dangerous levels of contamination, black water is the most serious kind of water damage. Contaminants—such as bacteria, toxins, human waste, and pathogens— found in category 3 water damage can cause serious illness, or even death. This water comes from used water sources, such as sewers and toilets with feces. It is imperative that you seek professional help immediately if you experience black water damage in your home.

Reach Out to Carter Quality Plumbing

The professional plumbers at Carter Quality Plumbing specialize in leak detection and repair. If you are facing water damage, give us a call and we will arrive promptly, determine the source of the leak, and perform all necessary repairs.

Call (803) 998-2270 or contact us online to schedule leak detection.