How Bad is Your Flood?

Posted by: on June 4, 2014

The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration) has identified three different categories of water that may damage your property. Depending on the type of water and severity of damage, cleaning and restoration could vary from a a week’s worth of work to months’.

Category one water is water that is essentially clean like that which comes out of your faucets. With this type of water, technicians can usually just extract and dry out all of the effected areas as long as the class of destruction isn’t too severe.

Category two or gray water is water that is contaminated and may cause illness if ingested. Not only do effected areas need to be extracted and dried, but sanitized as well. This step will help insure that the surfaces you come into contact with remain safe to live and work around.

Category three water is the most dangerous. This is water that is highly contaminated, like sewage, and will have multiple ramifications from contact. Surfaces flooded by this category of water must be removed and replaced.

Knowing the origin of water can help you determine how much time and effort is going to go into the restoration of your damaged property. Floods can be difficult, but with the right knowledge, you can act quickly and effectively.


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