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What are the different types of water damages?

Water damage can come from many sources, each with its own set of challenges. That's why it's important to know the different types of water damage and the associated risks.

The Institute of International Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) determines the categories of water damage. The different types are as follows:

  • Category 1 - Clean Water
    Floodwater that poses a health threat is referred to as clean water. It can result from broken equipment and appliances, toilet holding tanks, and rainwater. Although the water is not an immediate risk, even standing clean water can become contaminated in as little as 48 hours.

  • Category 2 - Greywater
    Wastewater that is not polluted with fecal matter is called greywater. It includes water from showers, bathtubs, dishwashers, washing machines, and sinks. Since it may contain small quantities of contaminants, greywater can cause illness if ingested. Greywater floods can be caused by a broken pipe, an overflowing appliance or plumbing fixture. In the case of greywater flooding, it is wise to hire professionals to clean the area safely.

  • Category 3 - Blackwater
    Blackwater is the wastewater contaminated with toxins and human waste. It comes from broken sewage pipes. Blackwater floods are the most dangerous and destructive, which is why it is advisable to contact a water restoration expert to assess the situation in such cases.

Each type of water damage requires a different approach, so it's important to know the risks associated with each type. If you experience any type of water damage, it's important to take action quickly to minimize the damage.

Whatever the source, it's important to take action as soon as possible to minimize the damage and prevent further problems. CRS is a leader in the restoration industry for over 15 years. Offering commercial & residential services like mold inspections & mold removal Toronto, asbestos testing & asbestos removal, emergency water damages, fire and smoke damage and reconstruction.


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