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Water Categories: Is Your Health at Risk?

Whether it’s rain from a big storm or a leaky plumbing pipe, unwanted water in your home can cause a mess. Some of these situations however, can be more dangerous than others. As restoration experts, we see a variety of water problems and always assess the type of water involved. As a homeowner or renter, it’s important to know these types of water categories to know when you are at risk of an unhealthy situation:

Category 1

The classification of this water is the least threatening to your health. A category 1 is also known as “clean water” and results from situations like broken pipes, leaking roofs, tub or sink overflow, broken water fountains and appliance malfunctions. The water, however typically comes from a sanitary source.

Category 2

The classification of this water carries microorganisms that can pose a threat to your health. A category 2 is also know as “grey water” and results from situations like sump pump failures, discharge from dishwashers, urine water and infected water from broken pipes. This type of water can cause infection and sickness and should be treated immediately by experts.

Category 3

The classification of this water is highly unsanitary and poses as a big threat to your health. A category 3 is also known as “black water” and is brought on by sewage water, seawater, rivers, ground surface water and other types of standing water. If category 3 water is involved, it is a dangerous situation.

To protect yourself and your family, know the different classifications of water. This will help you avoid the affects of an unsanitary environment. If you’re facing a water problem, call the professionals to help get it cleaned up. It’s essential that the proper steps are taken to remove the water to avoid further water damage to the home.