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Water Damage Categories

Updated: Apr 26



Did you know water damage has three categories?


Cat 1 Clean/Fresh Water, Cat 2 Grey Water, and Cat 3 grossly contaminated water.

Depending on the initial source of the water, a freshwater damage/loss can start at any one of those categories.


If you have a flood from an overflowing sink or broken pipe that would be fresh water. If water came from beyond your toilet trap or from outside ground water that would be grossly contaminated, or Category 3.


Depending on the source of the water, the cleanliness of the surface the water goes through and the time the water sits before being dried out, water can quickly degrade from Cat 1 to Category 3. This is when you start to have those bacteria and mold odors. This is why whenever there is a Cat 3 water damage it is our strong recommendation to remove all wet materials and not dry in place. This is also why when you have a freshwater loss it is important to start the drying process right away!

Remember anyone can extract the water but we will save your home!


See our next article on the worst kind of water damage.

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