Categories of Water Damage
Categories of Water Damage
The IICRC is a global, ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that credentials individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry.
The following definitions are taken from the “Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration” produced through the IICRC.
When we go to work on your home or business, these are the standards to which we adhere. Each Category has its own requirements for restoration. This is part of what sets Delta above much of our competition.
These definitions are a bit more advanced than the approach we typically take with our blog posts. However, we feel that it’s important for professionals in the insurance, property management, realty, and plumbing industries to understand as good a picture as possible of what kinds of work we deal with. It’s to your benefit to have a detailed idea of the three Categories of Water Restoration.
Category 1 water originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. Examples of Category 1 water sources can include, but are not limited to: broken water supply lines; tub or sink overflows with no contaminants; appliance malfunctions involving water-supply lines; melting ice or snow; falling rainwater; broken toilet tanks, and toilet bowls that do not contain contaminants or additives.
Category 2 water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. Category 2 water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological). Examples of Category 2 water can include, but are not limited to: discharge from dishwashers or washing machines; overflows from washing machines; overflows from toilet bowls on the room side of the trap; seepage due to hydrostatic pressure; broken aquariums and punctured water beds.
Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogens, toxigenic or other harmful agents and can cause significant adverse reactions to humans if contacted or consumed. Examples of Category 3 water can include, but are not limited to: sewage; wasteline backflows that originate from beyond any trap regardless of visible content or color; all forms of flooding from seawater; rising water from rivers or streams; and other contaminated water entering or affecting the indoor environment, such as wind-driven rain from hurricanes, tropical storms, or other weather-related events. Category 3 water can carry trace levels of regulated or hazardous materials (e.g., pesticides, or toxic organic substances).