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Did you know there are different categories of water?

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

There are 3 different categories of water. 

Category 1 Water – That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade.

Examples of category 1 water are:

  • burst water pipes
  • failed supply lines on appliances
  • vertically falling rainwater (water that does not hit the ground before entering the structure)

Category 2 Water – That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated.

Examples of category 2 water:

  • Washing Machine Overflow
  • Water from dishwasher
  • Used bathwater

Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans.

Examples of category 3 water:

  • sewage
  • rising floodwater from rivers and streams
  • ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes 

There are many different factors that could contribute to the category of water, it may not always be clear. If you have any questions be sure to always ask a qualified professional. SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

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