Stages of Water
Yes, it's true! Water is categorized when it has created little to major damage. We need to categorize water in order to understand how to clean up and dispose of all affected materials. Here is a brief description of how we categorize water.
Category 1 : Sanitary Water
This is the kind of water that you can still consider drinking. Usually it is water that comes through your sinks, toilets, and showers. Although once it hits a material it could easily change to category 2. Once water touches another material it can easily be contaminated.
Category 2 : Significantly contaminated water
This is the water that you don't want to consider drinking. This water can potentially make you sick.
Category 3 : Harmful and grossly contaminated water.
This is the dangerous kind of water. Anyone dealing with category 3 water needs to be wearing protective gear. Anything that has been touched by this kind of water has to be removed and disposed of.
Categorizing water is very important to us and it should be important to you as well. Always consider the categories when you realize you have a leak or when there is any kind of flooding. You never want to be in harms way.