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The Categories of Water Contamination

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC defines water to three categories of water contamination.  These three types determine how water restoration is managed.

Category 1

Category 1 is a source of water that is classified as “clean water” meaning it is not harmful to humans.  Some examples are if a tub or sink overflow or broken or leaking water supply line. 

Category 2

Category 2 water contains chemical, biological or physical contaminants and can cause sickness to humans.  This category is sometimes called “grey water,” and caries microorganisms.  Some examples include sump pump failure, dishwasher or washing machine overflow. 

Category 3

The most contaminated and harmful to humans because it contains unsanitary agents, high levels of bacteria and fungi.  Category 3 is called “black water” and can cause severe sickness and discomfort.  Examples include water sources from flood water, sewage, and category 2 water that was not properly remediated and has become stagnant. 

SERVPRO of Burlington has highly trained technicians to remediate the different categories of water.  If you have a water loss we are “here to help.” Call 319-754-8050

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