Did you know that not all water damage is the same? In fact, there are three classifications of water damage, and each has their own appropriate remediation plan to follow. It is important to know which one you are dealing with if you need water damage restoration in your Kansas City home so that you can make sure that the proper removal, sanitizing, and drying are done in your home to protect you from harmful contaminants.
Category 1: Clean Water
Category 1 water comes from a clean source, such as a leaky faucet or broken supply line. Water damage restoration from category 1 water is fairly simple. First, water must be extracted and dried completely. Then, damaged materials can be repaired or replaced. If category 1 water is not remediated quickly and correctly, it can turn into category 2 or 3 water.
Category 2: Gray Water
Category 2 water is contaminated water that may contain bacteria and viruses. Common sources of category 2 water include dishwasher overflow, washing machine overflow, and toilet overflow (without feces). This type of water could cause illness by coming in contact with it, and needs to be handled promptly. Not only is adequate drying needed, but thorough disinfecting must also take place. If left untreated, category 2 water can very quickly degrade to category 3 water.
Category 3: Black Water
Like the name entails, category 3 water is grossly contaminated. All contact should be avoided because this type of water can cause serious illness and even death if ingested. Black water can come from flooding streams, canals or rivers, water from the sewer line, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or long-standing water that has begun to grow microbes. This type of water requires professional clean up with the use of specialized equipment to safely remove contaminants.
If you are unsure which type of water you are dealing with, be sure to call Kade Cleaning Systems. With the proper training and equipment, our restoration crews specialize in water damage restoration and can determine the water category and proceed with an appropriate plan of action. While you are waiting for us to arrive, there are steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe from contaminated water.
Dealing with any water damage is stressful, but especially when it is contaminated water. Kade Cleaning Systems is an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certified (IICRC) Firm with experience in water damage restoration. We are available to home and business owners in Kansas City for 24/7 emergency response and all water damage restoration needs. Let us help take the stress off your hands, and ensure that your home is restored properly.