Finding unexpected water in your home is never fun. But did you know that not all water is the same? Depending on the source of the water and how long it’s been sitting, different precautions need to be taken to ensure that everything is completely dry and safe for you and your family.
Category 1: Clean And Sanitary – For Now
Category 1 water comes from a source that’s considered to be clean and sanitary – generally safe to drink. Examples of Category 1 include water from sources like a burst supply pipe, faucet, toilet tank, or drinking fountain. If Category 1 water is discovered and addressed quickly, the primary concern is usually drying out the affected area. The need to disinfect is often limited, as there’s little contamination within the water itself – unless the water has been sitting. If Category 1 water sits, it quickly becomes contaminated. That’s part of why it’s so important to address all leaks quickly.
Category 2: Not Clean, Not Grossly Unsanitary
Category 2 water is the space between clean Category 1 and highly unsanitary Category 3. Category 2 is definitely not something you’d want to drink, but it’s not obviously noxious. Examples of Category 2 water include overflows from dishwashers, washing machines, or other appliances. As mentioned above, if clean Category 1 water sits too long, it’ll become Category 2. Category 2 water typically requires stronger disinfection protocol than Category 1 in addition to drydown.
Category 3: You Don’t Want To Touch This
Category 3 water is usually easy to spot, because you’re not going to want to go anywhere near it. This class of water is clearly unsanitary. The classic example here is river water or rain runoff. This water carries ample contaminants and has never been treated for drinking. Heavily contaminated household water (e.g. sewage) falls into this category as well. Category 3 water carries a significant concern of contamination. Careful measures must be taken to ensure that all affected materials are properly handled and disinfected.
What To Do When Water Comes In
Dealing with water in your house is never fun, no matter what category it is. That’s why our highly trained water damage experts are on hand 24/7/365 to help you out – no matter whether it’s a leak from your sink, a sewage backup in your basement, or anything in between. We’ll make sure that everything is dry, sanitary, and to your satisfaction. Call us anytime at 888-495-5211.