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Notes from a Remodeling & General Contractor for the Wichita, KS Area

Water Restoration Categories & Classes: Category 3 Water

We last discussed Category 2 “Grey Water” in our ongoing series about Water Restoration Categories & Classes and how if it goes untreated, it can quickly deteriorate into a Category 3. In this post, we’ll share with you how that situation can happen quickly deteriorate into a loss.

Category 3 Water - "Black Water"

Category 3 Water also called “black water” is grossly unsanitary and the worst classification according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Category 3 may lead to severe illness or death if ingested because this water contains unsanitary content, harmful bacteria and/or funguses. Category 3 Water sources has contaminates that affect the indoor environment such as the flooring, walls, and ceiling that will need to be removed down to the framing plus any contents will not be salvageable. For these reasons, it is is highly recommended that you have a certified mitigation be done by a company like S&A Restoration (a division of S&A Construction, Inc.).

Examples of Category 3

  • Category 2 “Grey Water” that has not been removed quickly and/or become stagnant.
  • Flood water from rivers and streams that caused over ground flooding.
  • Storm water damage or sea water damage.
  • Water that comes from toilet overflows, sewage back-ups. When a toilet back-up that originates passed the toilet trap is considered black water contamination regardless of visible content or color.

Help, I have Category 3 Water Damage!

Mitigation companies such as S&A Restoration employ a number of highly trained and certified restoration technician to assist you if you’re facing Category 3 or any water damage issues. The quicker a water mitigation company can respond, the faster they can get you back to pre-loss state & normal.

That is why it is important to call a BBB A+ rated professional water mitigation and restoration professional like S&A Construction as soon as possible.

For those in the Wichita Kansas area that need a water damage restoration service and contractor, give us a call at (316) 558-8422 day or night.

As always, let us know if you have any questions or comments!