The water we have to remove from a certain location can contain bacteria that may harm our workers, and thus we have to categorize the water before we commence the restoration process. A general categorization of the water that caused flooding exists as well as classification of the extent of our work.
The classification of the water and what it represents
Three water categories exist, and they are divided by contamination level. The first class represents the sanitary water which is perfectly safe for drinking and inhaling its steam. Once it floods your house, it turns into either category two or three due to various elements in which it comes in contact.
The second type describes the water that isn’t safe for consummation, and it may or may not cause adverse effects if it comes into contact with skin. It’s also called gray water, and it comes from overflow.
Black water (another name for the third category) can be highly toxic, and special protection suits are necessary for the restoration of a home that was flooded by it. It may contain heavy metals, pesticides, raw sewage or any other toxic substances.
Classification of water damage restoration
We have four classes that describe the extent of our work. First class represents a minor water extraction and only a few items that are affected by water while second encompass whole rooms that were damaged by the water (up to two feet of water). The third class represents the flooding from above where the water did damage above two feet from the floor. The last one describes special and unique situations (natural floods and similar disasters).