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Understanding and Handling Category 1 Water Damage

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Property can be ruined by unexpected floods. Buildings and their contents may be rendered irreparable, and you may end up with a massive bill in the wake of a typhoon or torrent from a broken pipe. If you have commercial property insurance, the cost to have your property fixed or replaced may be completely covered. The amount your policy covers depends on a variety of factors, including the policy itself and the extent of the damage. One factor that might affect your claim is the type of water damage done. One type of water damage is Category 1 water damage, which is caused by clean water. If you don't know what that is, then read on to learn more.

What Is Category 1 Damage?

Out of the three IICRC, or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, categories, Category 1 is the least serious. It comes from clean water, or water that is not tainted by harmful contaminants, and is thus benign. It does not carry a significant risk of causing illness in humans.

What Are Sources of Clean Water?
Clean water flows from sources without toxins, dangerous microbes and sewage. This kind of source can be a:

  • Water supply line
  • Bathtub overflow
  • Sink overflow
  • Appliance attached to the water supply line

What Are Actions That You Should Take?
So what should you do when faced with Category 1 water damage? One action that is recommended is contacting a professional restoration and cleanup service in Tusculum, TN. Even though Category 1 damage is not as severe as Category 2 or Category 3, it can be made worse by amateurs. You should also make sure to call your insurance company and begin drying out what you can.
Category 1 damage is unlikely to hurt those handling it because the water that causes it springs from clean origins like a broken pipe, but it is still important to be cautious and consult professionals when dealing with it.

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