Water Loss Categories: Category 3
Water loss isn't the type of property damage that you can put off until later. An invisible stopwatch starts running from the moment the damage occurs, and the longer it lasts, the worse the damage can be. We've previously discussed Category 1 water, which comes from a sanitary source. We've also discussed "greywater," or Category 2 water, which happens when Category 1 water sits for more than a couple of days. It can also come from an overflowed washing machine, dishwasher, or toilet that does not contain feces. Category 2 water is very susceptible to bacterial invasion, and this is when your water loss turns serious. Should a Category 2 water loss sit for 48 hours, it is now classified as Category 3, commonly called "black water."
Aside from Category 2 water sitting for 48 hours, Category 3 water has many sources. A sewage backup is automatically classified as a Category 3 loss. Large rain events can cause flash flooding, which is also Category 3. Major storm damage, such as flooding from a hurricane is black water, too.
Take care to never ingest Category 3 water, either intentionally or accidentally. This water is extremely contaminated, and you could be exposed to serious diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, Tetanus, or even HIV.
Once your home suffers a Category 3 water loss, it is imperative to have it remedied immediately. Should that water sit in your home, it could soak not only the contents of your home, but also sheetrock, flooring, and anywhere else it can get. This poses a huge health risk to the occupants of the home.
SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs understand the severity involved with Category 3 water, and our specially trained technicians are ready to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 501-776-2222 to discuss your needs. We're available 24/7.
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