Types of Water Category Losses
There are three categories of water. All three of them can cause significant damages to your home, but some are easier to cleanup than others.
Category 1 Loss - Clean Water Source. This loss can come from a broken pipe, sink or bathtub overflow or broken hot water heaters. This can be cleaned up easily and as long as the area is dried properly there should be no mold issues.
Category 2 Loss - Grey Water Loss. This comes when water is mixed with chemicals like when a dishwasher overflows or a toilet that has urine in it overflows. This should be cleaned up but you need to make sure that it is also properly disinfected to kill all the microorganisms.
Category 3 Loss - Black Water Loss. The worst of all three categories. This comes from sewage back up or water that is mixed with sewage. This needs to be cleaned up by a professional to make sure it is properly disinfected. If a Category 2 loss is not disinfected properly it can become a Category 3 loss.
When you have water damage in your house, be sure to know the cause of the water and the category it falls into.