It is important to act quickly in order to clean up and restore your property when water damage occurs in your home resulting from a flood or other natural disaster. But, although certain service providers have a “one size fits all” approach to property damage, our Chicago restoration company offers an approach that is tailored to your situation. At Quality Water Damage Restoration Chicago, we’re here to guide you through understanding the three types of water damage as specified by the IICRC (the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification), so you will always know precisely what work your property needs.
There are three categories of water damage Chicago residents experience:
1. Clean water damage
2. Grey water damage
3. Black water damage
Category 1 Water Damage: Clean Water Damage
Category 1 includes water damage like sinks and bathtubs which have overflowed, broken pipes and water supply lines, and various appliance issues and it is the least severe on the IICRC scale. The primary reason this type of damage is deemed less severe is that it involves water that is sewage and toxin-free i.e. “clean water”. Usually, the majority of items that have been damaged in category 1 incidents can be easily dried without possible future side effects for the property owner.
Category 2 Water Damage: Grey Water Damage
Category 2 water damage involves “grey water” which includes water from items such as toilets, washing machines, and sump pump backups. Although coming into contact with or consuming grey water may or may not be hazardous to humans, it is crucial to remove any items that have been affected and disinfect them completely if your home has been affected by category 2 water damage, as the chemicals and waste in grey water may eventually prove harmful.
Category 3 Water Damage: Black Water Damage
Category 3 water damage, also referred to as “black water” damage, is the most severe type of water damage and requires immediate action in order to mitigate dangerous health risks. Black water includes rising flood waters, sewage, and seawater, in addition to river and groundwater. When category 3 water damage happens, many materials and items will require removal from your property, and once drying has taken place, your home must undergo considerable disinfecting.
Offering Solutions for Water Damage in Categories 1,2,3!
Whatever the type of water damage you are facing, our professionals at Quality Water Damage Restoration Chicago are here to assist. We provide the best sewage flood cleanup Chicago has to offer for category 3 disasters, in addition to general water removal for a variety of properties. Contact us today to find out more about how our process for flood restoration in Chicago can help you.