How To Determining Water Hazards by Category
Categories of water are determined by the source, contents, history and characteristics of the water.
Category 1 Water
Water that originated directly from a sanitary source and when exposed to it, either through the skin, inhaled or ingested, does not cause a great deal of harm to humans.
Examples of Category 1 Water:
- Broken water supply lines
- Melting ice or snow
- Falling rain water
- Tub or sink overflows (no contaminates)
Clean water that remains untreated for longer than 24 – 48 hours may change to Category 2 water!!
Category 2 Water
Defined as water with bacteria present, but no solid waste, carrying microorganisms and nutrients for microorganisms. Category 2 water does have the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if consumed or exposed to humans.
Examples of Category 2 water:
- Discharge from dishwashers or washing machines
- Toilet bowl overflows (urine, no feces)
- Seepage due to hydrostatic pressure
- Sump pump failures
Clean water that remains untreated for longer than 48 hours may change to Category 3 water!!
Category 3 Water
Contains pathogenic agents and is grossly unsanitary which includes raw sewage and other contaminated water sources, such as flooding from sea water, ground surface water and rising water from rivers or streams.
Any occupants that are immune - compromised, have respiratory illness or allergies, under the age of 2 or the elderly are at a higher risk of illness from prolonged exposure to Category 3 water.
It is recommended you call our emergency hotline at 1-888-909-6653 to have our certified professional technicians to remove the category 3 water contamination fr om your home.