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What is Category 2 Water Damage?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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How To Identify Category 2 Water Damage And What To Do

Some water damages are more hazardous than others, and require professional assistance every step of the way, from water pipe repair to carpet replacement. If your business in Whitemarsh, PA, suffers water damage, it is important to know what you are facing. Here are a few tips to know how to identify category 2 water damage and what to do.

Category 2 Water Damage Sources
Category 2 water damage is damage caused by water that contains chemical, biological, or physical contaminants that cause discomfort, irritation, or illness to those exposed to it. This type of water damage includes intrusions of water from the following sources:

  • Flooded toilets with urine
  • Sump pump failures
  • Discharge from dishwashers or washing machines
  • Clean water that sits too long
  • Water that starts at a higher level and seeps down through building materials

Because the water that causes category 2 water damage can cause irritation and illness, it is essential that restoration specialists are contacted for cleanup.

What You Can Do
When you discover a leak or flood from a broken pipe or malfunctioning appliance, turn off the water source if it is safe to do so. If you are unable to reach the water source, contact a plumber or professional. Professionals can advise you if water pipe repair or replacement is necessary. Do not attempt it on your own. Remove all furniture, carpets, and other items not yet affected by the water intrusion and place them in a safe and dry area. Your work stops there. Contact professionals for cleanup. The water that causes category 2 water damage should only be dealt with by professionals.

What Professionals Will Do
Plumbers will handle water pipe repair and replacement. They will also address and fix any sewer issues and restore your water lines to safe and working order. Restoration specialists will use specialized equipment to dry and sanitize your carpets, walls, and other structural materials. They will repair and replace any structural materials as needed and ensure that every part of your business is cleaned, sanitized, and safe to get back to business.

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