Categories and Classes of Water Damage
Water damage exist in different categories and classes. There are three categories and four classes of water damage. Below are detailed description of the water damages and classes.
The first category of water damage includes burst pipes, leaking appliances, small amounts of rain water, melting snow, broken toilet tanks. It contains a clean source of water which is not harmful to human beings when consumed. Prevent it from developing in category two by fix the places that are leaking immediately. Therefore broken pipes should be fixed even though the water is not harmful.
We also have the second category of water damage. The color of this water is grey meaning that its contamination has started in the source. Majorly it is just the category one of water damage that was not corrected. It is not too dangerous but it can bring some sickness or discomfort if consumed by either human beings or animals. This category include waters that waters that have been discharged from washing machine, dishwasher, toilet over flow, sump pump backup, hydrostatic pressure seepage, washing machine overflow, broken aquarium and many others. It can cause many health effects including asthma, allergy, headache, skin irritation, burning eyes and many others. This category of water damage should be repaired before it develops into category.
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Category three is the last category of water damage. This category of water damaged is the most dangerous type of water damage. Another name is black water. As a result this type of water is highly contaminated, contains pathogens and can cause serious illness . Apart from that it may also lead to death in more serious conditions. This type of water is dangerous to people who have respiratory illness, weak immune systems or allergy as it may make their conditions to become worse. Make sure that young children stay away from this contaminated water. Example of these types of water is sewage water, toilet backflow, flooding water and other highly contaminated waters.
Water that is only concentrated in partial room area and the materials that are affected are less permeable is the first class of water damage. As a result the water is retained on the surface. This class does not make the carpet to be wet.
The next class of water covers the entire room including the carpet and the cushion . In this class water enters the walls making it to remain moist.
The third class of water damage covers the ceilings, walls, carpets and the floor. This class will require some time to dry up.
The next class of water damage comprises of all wet materials with low porosity such as hardwood, bricks and many others. Only a special equipment will remove water in this class.