Categories Of Water Damage

As a company with locations across the country, we are familiar with the alarming, unexpected, and overwhelming aspects of any kind of water damage to your home or business. Therefore, our team of professionals provides 24/7 emergency service for many disasters, including major water damage, as part of our commitment to quality. As a first step in preparing for a disaster such as water damage, we believe that knowledge of the different types of water that can cause damage to your property is a great start. In this post, we will discuss which types of water can damage your property.

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There is no immediate health risk associated with clean water, even though it still requires treatment to prevent further damage and mold growth in your home or business. In general, clean water damage is also commonly referred to as Category 1 water damage because it is caused by rain, snow, or toilet holding tanks containing clean water. The source of this type of water is typically rain, snow, or toilet-holding tanks containing clean water. Water damage is only considered Category 1 if, as mentioned above, it comes from a sanitary water source. However, it should still be considered a water incident that will require a professional such as the ones at All Dry to deal with.


There are many sources of gray water around the home. Gray water is also known as Category 2 water damage or sullage, which is a type of water that is not clean but may not be hazardous. These sources include overflowing bathtubs and showers, washing machines, dishwashers, or sinks. It doesn’t contain pathogens like Category 3 water damage, but it should still be taken seriously and handled and removed by a professional, as this water can still contain contaminants and like and can cause more damage to your home and business if left untreated, as well as mold growth. In the event that your carpeting, furniture, drywall, or another part of your property has been exposed to excessive amounts of water, do not attempt to clean it yourself. Category 2 water damage can quickly develop into Category 3 water damage in less than 48 hours, so it’s crucial to contact a professional water restoration company like All Dry right away.


A black water disaster occurs when toxic waste, such as human waste or pathogens, has contaminated the water, also known as Category 3 water damage. It can be caused by flushed toilets, broken sewage pipes, and other sources of waste that contain wastewater. As a result of its dangerous bacteria and pathogens, this category of water requires professional and responsible cleaning. Due to the fact that it is impossible to tell what contaminants are in the water resulting from major storms or hurricanes, this water should always be considered as category 3 water. People who come into contact with this unsanitary water are immediately exposed to health risks and are considered to be the most dangerous.


When your business or home is exposed to water, you should always hire a professional team, like All Dry, which also serves the surrounding area. Call us as soon as possible if you need water restoration services so we can begin the process of getting your space back to normal.