Water Damage Categories
Category 1. Called "Clean Water". Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans. Examples are tub or sink overflows, broken water supply lines or appliance malfunctions that involve water supply lines.
Category 2. Called "Grey Water". Refers to a source of water that contains a significant amount of biological, chemical, or physical contaminants and causes sickness when exposed or even consumed. This type carries microorganisms and nutrients of microorganisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, and sump pump failures.
Category 3. Called "Black Water". This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category are contaminated water sources that affect the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage. Seawater, rising water from rivers and streams, ground surface water or standing water.
Category 2 Water or Grey water that is not promptly removed from the structure and or have remained stagnant for 48-72 hours may become classified as Category 3 Water.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW. These three categories according to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) are standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration training. There are several different levels and classes involved in liquid destruction from the IICRC’s S-500 standards.
Water Damage Restoration Process
Water damage is a major contributor to the loss of property. Water attacks all materials or systems by the destructive processes such as rotting of wood, de-laminating of plywood as well as rusting of steel.
We will extract the sewage, remove fecal and other debris, clean your walls and floors, sanitize your belongings, and apply anti-microbial treatments.
1st step: Remove all standing water with wet vacuums and pumps and dry all surfaces.
2nd step: Carpets and padding are pulled up. Floors are dried completely and we will perform any necessary repair work.
3rd step: Important documents, works of art, furniture, draperies, computers, appliances and other electronic equipment are thoroughly dried and brought back to pre-damage conditions wherever possible.
4th step: Technicians trained in the latest techniques will remove airborne particles, mildew, mold and odor caused by excessive moisture. Finally, the site is decontaminated and disinfected to kill bacteria, resulting from organic waste with specially formulated antimicrobial solutions.
For mold, we will recommend testing by an industrial hygienist who can devise a mold remediation protocol customized for your home. Following the protocol, we’ll attack your mold problem and restore the health and safety of your home
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