Water Damage

Sanitary Categorization in Gainesville, Ocala & Lake City, FL

When we’re hired to provide water damage restoration, we’re actually working to prevent secondary mold and structural damage to your home. Part of our clean up solution depends on what type of water we’re dealing with, and how badly it can affect your home or belongings.

The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) sets the standards for the cleaning industry, as well as for water damage restoration training. There are different levels involved when dealing with water damage.

It’s important to know what these different categories are, so you can easily identify them. The next time you call your local restoration company, it will be much easier to cooperate with your technician in forming the perfect water damage restoration plan for your home.

Category 1: Clean Water

Clean Water

Category 1 means that it’s clean water. This can come from a sanitary source, such as a drinking fountain, faucet, or bathtub. It's also best to know that category 1 can immediately turn into categories 2 or 3 if given enough time. Clean water that has been exposed to animal waste can turn into category 2, for example.

This is the easiest restoration level, with a slow evaporation rate. With category 1 water, only part of the room is affected, and the area does not include permeable materials. This can be easily cleaned up and there are no health hazards involved.

Category 2: Grey Water

Grey Water

An example of category 2 water is the overflow coming from a malfunctioning dishwasher or washing machine. This is water that has been used to clean something. It includes water used to clean food, dirt, and bodily fluids in general.

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For this level, it’s a little more challenging because we need to look past the origin of the water and check out other factors. The air circulation inside the room, indoor temperature of the home, and the overall cleanliness can help determine how much disinfectant is needed. The evaporation rate is quicker, and it can affect your walls or floors. Beware of moisture when dealing with this level, as it can lead to mold growth.

Category 3: Black Water

Black Water

This is backup or overflow from toilets, sewers, and even septic systems. This kind of water can contain human or animal waste, also known as sewage. Black water carries diseases, viruses, and bacteria, and if not cleaned quickly, it can harm your health. Water damage of this level requires the removal of porous materials, such as carpet, drywall, cushions — anything that black water has touched is dangerous to your health.

This kind of water damage requires hot water extraction and disinfectant. In most cases, items affected by black water will need to be repaired or thrown out. Category 3 has the fastest evaporation rate and almost every part of your home can absorb black water.

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If you have stagnant water in your home, never let it stay for too long. If left alone, there is a high chance that it can breed mold that causes respiratory problems. Dreyer’s DKI will use the most advanced tools and techniques to erase all traces of water damage so that the extraction and drying process can begin.

By making our services quick and effective, we minimize water cleanup costs and repairs, increasing your chances of reusing your carpet or other belongings before they sustain water damage.

We also offer other services, such as floor cleaningfire damage restorationstorm damage restoration and water damage restoration

We service all properties located in the surrounding areas of Gainesville, Ocala and Lake City, Florida.

Feel free to contact Dreyer's DKI today at 352-403-0085 if you have any other questions or concerns.