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How to Identify Category 3 Water Damage in Tarpon Homes

1/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Identify Category 3 Water Damage in Tarpon Homes Call SERVPRO quickly after water damage to prevent any secondary mold damage!

SERVPRO Has Experience Remediating All Categories of Water Damage

Most homeowners are not aware that water damage comes in different types and forms. They simply assume that a leak and a flood are much the same, because they have the same consequences. This is not actually the case; there are three categories of water damage, and they all originate from different sources.

The organization that is responsible for making such distinctions is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. It is their job to provide classifications for the water damage in Tarpon properties. Category three is the most severe and carries the biggest risk to health and wellbeing.

This guide to category three water damage will give you some basic information about how to identify it and what to do.

Where Does It Come From?

Category three water comes from a source which has already been significantly contaminated. For example, sewage lines, floodwater from streams, toilet overflows, and rising ground water. Crucially, all types of water damage have the potential to progress to category three if they are left untreated for long enough (usually around 72 hours).

What Does It Look Like?

In the past, category three water damage was called ‘black water.’ However, this term is not really used by restoration specialists anymore. The technicians at SERVPRO try to avoid the phrase because it can confuse homeowners. Category three water is not always black in color. It can be pretty much any shade or even devoid of color.

How Is It Repaired?

This type of water damage is a tricky thing because it often means that a large portion of the property will need to be destroyed. This could mean the full removal of drywall sections, carpets, and furniture. If we can save it, we will. The problem is not drying the items, however. It is drying and cleaning them in a way which eliminates all bacteria.

We have spent many years working in the water damage restoration industry. We have access to state of the art tools and drying equipment. So, when your home is in trouble, get in touch with SERVPRO of Tarpon. Call us 24/7 on (727) 934-5555 for fast, efficient repairs.

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