How Bad Is My Water Damage?


When you have flooding in your home, it is natural to be concerned. Depending on the type of water, how much of it and other factors, the sort of water damage that is possible can vary greatly. When you call us for the water extraction Seattle trusts, we can assess the severity of your flooding and create a plan for clean up and restoration.

Categories of Flooding

Water incursions are broken into three general categories, depending on the liquid that is involved in the flooding. These categories are:

Fresh Water – Category 1

A Category 1 flood involves clean water from a sanitary source. This can include drinking fountains, faucets, the tank behind your toilet and other clean water. However, water does not stay fresh long. If it is left to sit, it can degrade into one of the more severe categories.

Grey Water – Category 2

This is water that has some contaminants. It may make people ill or uncomfortable if it is ingested. This sort of water may contain food particles and other contaminants. Examples of Category 2 waters include the water from a dishwasher or clothes washes, or the water from an overflowing sink drain. It can also include toilet water that is contaminated with urine but is not contaminated with feces.

Black Water – Category 3

This is the most dangerous category of flood water and should always be handled by trained professionals. Category 3 flooding is water that can be severely contaminated. It includes toilet water with feces, sewage backup, overflowing river water and other contaminated sources. Water that has been standing and has begun to support bacterial life is also considered Category 3 black water.

Classes of Destruction

Not all destruction and clean up is equal.

Class 1

This is the easiest sort of water destruction to deal with. It will typically only involve part of a room. The materials there will not be ones easily soaked. For instance, there will be no soft upholstery or carpet.

Class 2

In a Class 2 situation, you will have an entire room affected, with moisture wicking a foot or more up the walls. Carpet, upholstery, curtains and other materials with high absorption are involved.

Class 3

Liquid in a Class 3 situation may have seeped into the room from overhead. Ceilings, walls, carpets, subfloors and insulation are involved.

Class 4

In this situation, there is enough liquid which has sat long enough that surfaces like hardwood, stone and cement are involved. Specialty drying is required.

If you have flooding of any sort in your home, it is imperative to handle it quickly. The sooner you call us for water extraction and clean up, the sooner your home will be back to its normal state. Get in touch day or night for your water clean up needs

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