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Water Damage Categories Business Owners Can Encounter

3 Water Damage Categories Business Owners Can Encounter

Although many homes are subject to water damage and plumbing disasters, commercial water damage is a huge problem for business owners. Burst pipes and sink overflows can occur without any warning, and removing the water can be difficult – especially if it has caused structural damage.

Fortunately, business owners can handle the situation easier if they know the category of water damage they’re dealing with.

The Three Types of Water Damage Categories

Category 1 Water Damage

Broken pipes

Category 1 water damage is the least hazardous among the three categories of water damage. The water in this category usually comes from a clean water source, so it won’t expose you to waterborne illnesses. The most common plumbing issues that can cause category 1 water damage include:

  • Broken pipes
  • Overflowing sinks
  • Damaged fresh water line for a dishwasher

Category 1 water damage frequently occurs in establishments that have large restrooms like malls and restaurants.

Category 2 Water Damage

Broken pipes

Category 2 may contain unsafe levels of contamination, so it’s smart not to come in contact with it. It might not be as hazardous as category 3 but it has the potential to cause discomfort if not removed properly. Category 2 is also known as “gray water” and is usually caused by the following problems:

  • Overflowing washing machines
  • Toilet overflow with no solid waste
  • Sump pump failure

Category 3 Water Damage

Category 3 (a.k.a. black water) is the most dangerous of the three categories. The water in this category contains pathogenic and toxigenic agents, so it’s crucial that you avoid it at all costs. Exposure to black water can lead to severe illness or death. The common causes of category 3 water damage include:

  • Sewage backup
  • Toilet overflow with solid waste
  • Natural storms

Maintain Your Business’ Flow with Water Damage Restoration by Romexterra Construction

If your commercial property encounters water damage, it’s in your best interest to contact your local water damage restoration company in Greater Chicagoland for help. When you need help with water damage restoration, Romexterra can handle the following:

  • Remove floodwater from affected areas
  • Locate and repair the source of the water damage
  • Restore any structure or contents that have been damaged by water
  • Prevent secondary water damage (e.g. mold, wood rot, and pungent odors) from spreading
  • Help you file a water damage insurance claim and work directly with your insurance company

With that said, don’t hesitate to contact Romexterra Construction in the event a water disaster occurs in your commercial property. We offer commercial water damage restoration services 24/7. Give us a call at 312-313-2426 and we can dispatch our quick response team as soon as we receive your emergency call.