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Ask The Experts: The Skinny On Cat 3 Water Damage

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

When floodwater affects your business in category 3 water damage can be time-consuming to remove. Having a thorough understanding of category 3 water, or water that is contaminated with hazardous materials can help you know what to expect during your business’s restoration.

What Are Common Causes?

Water that has debris and hazardous materials in it is classified as category 3 damage. This category of water damage can occur as the result of several events, which can include:

  • Sewer lines breaking
  • Toilet overflow
  • Floods that carry in debris
  • Clean water or gray water that is not quickly and appropriately removed, causing it to turn into black water

What Damage Can It Cause?

Category 3 water can cause affect various aspects of a building, though the source of the water can affect the amount of damage present in a building. Common types of damage from category 3 water can include:

  • Mold growth in areas that are damp
  • Substantial structural issues
  • Decreases the air quality throughout the building
  • Damage to items in or around the flood water

What Is Involved in Restoration?

After the cause of the damage has been identified and there is no longer water flowing into the building, the process of restoration can begin. Since category 3 water contains hazardous materials, many business owners find it helpful to contact experts in water damage restoration to expedite the process of removing the water. After the water is removed, the area that was flooded is dried and items that are destroyed are removed from the building and items that aren’t destroyed are cleaned. Finally, the building is restored.

Whether it is caused by a toilet overflow or a flood, category 3 water damage can devastate a business. Understanding the causes of category 3 water, the damage it can cause and what restoration entails can help you prepare for the effects of floodwater.

So if disaster strikes, give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get things back to "Like it never even happened."

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