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Types of Water Damage Found in Your Home

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Floods are often categorized into three separate groups, depending on the contents found within the water. All floods have the capability to create water damage within your homes. However, there are some flood types that are considered to be more harmful than others, and you should definitely look out of them. Here are the descriptions for the three types of flooding that can occur in your home: 

  • Category 1: Clean Water Floods — The absence of contaminants in a flood characterizes it as a Category 1 flood, as hinted in the title. Leaking pipes or burst supply lines more often than not cause these kinds of floods. Although seemingly insignificant compared to other categories, these floods have potential to transform into other category floods if they come into contact with any other contaminants
  • Category 2: Gray Water Floods — Often gray water floods occur when household appliances-- like a washing machine, dishwasher or sink-- overflow or break and flood the home with contaminated water. Although dangerous, because category 2 floods do not contain significant amounts of contamination, they aren’t considered a biohazard. Nevertheless, they can quickly evolve into a Category 3 flood if they aren’t treated in a timely manner.
  • Category 3: Black Water Floods — This is the most dangerous type of flooding that can be found in your home. These types of floods have the presence of dangerous biohazards such as fecal matter, sewage, or other harmful chemicals. These floods are often caused by problems with toilets, sewage bursts, and other similar disasters all contributing to massive water damage in your home. Because this is the most dangerous type of flood, it is best to contact professional assistance in order to receive proper treatment immediately. If left untreated, a home can face severe damage that will continue to get worse. SERVPRO of Inglewood is always happy to help you with any black water flooding problems that may occur in your home.

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