Category Three Water Loss
Category Three Water Loss
Water damage can occur in any home, whether it's a small leak or a major flood. There are three levels of water damage: category one, category two, and category three. Each of these needs to be cleaned up in a particular way. In this blog post, we want to highlight everything you need to know about category three water loss.
What is a Category Three Water Loss?
Category three water damage is commonly referred to as black water because they contain more than just clear water. Sewage is also considered a category three water damage because it contains bacteria that need to be cleaned up by an expert in order for the home to be safe again.
Black water is a mix of sewage and stormwater that has contaminated your property after the flooding subsided. Black water contains bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants that can cause illness.
Sewage backup can be caused by many different things including aged or damaged pipes; blocked drains; leaks in the sewer line outside your home; blockages caused by tree roots or grease buildup behind your toilet bowl; or even sink overflows from clogged pipes causing overflow into other areas of your home.
It's important to know the difference between black water and gray water. While both are types of water damage, they come from different sources and require different treatments.
Black water comes from an outside source, like a pipe or septic system that has been damaged. If you see black or brown liquid in your home, it could be caused by floods or heavy rains that flood the basement or foundation of your house. Black water often contains sewage and can be contaminated with bacteria.
Dangerous to Health
Blackwater (sewage particularly) can be very toxic and dangerous to your health. It should be cleaned up by professionals in protective gear immediately because it will cause severe health problems if inhaled or ingested.
Call the Professionals
For category three water damage, it's a good idea to call in the professionals. Why? Well, for starters, you have bacteria and mold that needs to be cleaned up by an expert. If you try to clean this up on your own, you could make matters worse for yourself or even put others in danger of getting sick.
It's also important that a professional company does its job right because they know how to avoid damaging any property that wasn't directly affected by the leak itself. For instance, if your carpet was wet but not soaked through with water then it may still look fine after drying out—but if someone tries to shampoo your carpets without being careful they could end up ruining them permanently!
When you suffer from category three water damage, you have to be aware of the risks associated with the mold that grows in your home.
Category three water damage is one of the most dangerous and requires professional attention. If you have a category three water problem in your North East Chester County home or business and don't know what to do, call SERVPRO of North East Chester County today!