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What Is a Category Three Water Damage?

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Toilet Water that is contaminated with feces or raw sewage, such as an overflow from a toilet

Which Water Damage Situations Fit Into This Category

Category 3 water damage is known as black water. This type of water damage can contain bacteria, fungi and unsanitary agents, such as raw sewage. Examples of this type of damage include seawater, storm surge, overflow from streams and rivers, standing water and ground surface water. This type of water damage usually requires the assistance of professionals, so it is important to recognize which water damage situations fit into this category.


Black Water Examples
Several events can lead to water being classified as category 3. You may need to employ the services of a professional water mitigation company in Houston, TX when you have certain types of damage:

  • Water that is contaminated with feces or raw sewage, such as an overflow from a toilet or sewer backup
  • Standing water that has been standing long enough to become stagnant
  • Floodwater from oceans, streams, rivers, storm surge, or groundwater


What To Do
The steps you should take depend on the cause of your problem. If you have a clogged or overflowing toilet, do not run any of the toilets in your building until the clog has been identified and removed. If you are experiencing a sewage backup, close all of your drain openings with stoppers or plugs to prevent further backup issues and schedule sewage cleanup services.
Close off contaminated areas to prevent contaminants from being spread around your facility on the shoes and clothing of people passing through the area. If you must enter the contaminated area, wear protective gear and remove it before you pass through the rest of your building. Do not move anything from the contaminated area into the rest of your building until you have had a chance to clean and sanitize it.
Dealing with a black water situation is best left a professional restoration service. Properly dealing with the issue can avoid cross-contamination and further damage to your facility.

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