Water damage is the #1 cause of insurance claims in Florida. Whether the source is a leaky pipe or flood water from a heavy storm, each situation is unique. According to the IICRC, there are three categories of water that cause damage in buildings. Each category is defined by the level of contamination and each demands different methods of restoration. It’s really helpful to understand this terminology when consulting with your insurance claims representative and contractors.
Category 1 Water or Clear Water – That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Examples are burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances, and falling rain. Category 1 water progressively becomes contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings, walls, decking, and subflooring. Time and temperature, which promote the growth and spread of pathogens in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade.