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An Explanation of Category 3 Water Damage

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Overflowing broken toilet Overflowing toilets are considered water damage category 3

An Explanation of Category 3 Water Damage

Water damage in your home is never a good experience. Even small flooding can ruin building materials, furniture, and personal items. Some types of floods can be even more destructive and concerning than others. For example, black water is the most dangerous, and it isn't something you should ever try to clean up on your own. It is important to understand what this designation means and what you can do to restore your Arlington, LA, home if you experience this type of flooding.

An Overview
When water is referred to as "black," it falls in category 3 water. Category 1 water comes from clean sources such as pipes and faucets. Category 2 water is dirtier but will not pose the same level of harm as the third category does. Here are some other explanations of this category of water and flooding:

  • Comes from broken sewer lines or overflowing toilets
  • Contains human waste
  • Can make a person ill upon contact; can be lethal if ingested
  • Can also contain other contaminants such as silt and hazardous materials

Your Responsibilities
Blackwater is easy to identify, as it will have the color (it also may be brown or gray). You may also see it coming from the source: your toilet or sewage pipes. You must do everything possible to avoid contact with this water. Do not try to go into the water to retrieve personal items. Instead, evacuate your home immediately and contact your local sewage company. You should also get in touch with an experienced flood restoration team to assess the damage and clean up your home.

Let the Pros Go to Work
Professional crews have the equipment and protection to safely handle sewage cleanup. The team will first remove all water from the premises. Then, crew members will thoroughly dry and sanitize the area. The company will test your home to ensure it is safe to return.
Blackwater poses significant challenges to your safety and health. Always enlist the help of professionals for these cleanup efforts.

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