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What is category 2 water damage?

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Every industry has its own language. Computer programmers talk about “syntax” and programming languages with ease, even if their conversations are totally inscrutable to others. Healthcare is full of scientific terms and enough acronyms to make your head spin.

Water damage restoration is no different. Among other things, restorers have developed a common language to describe the level of contamination in water using a system of “categories” numbered 1 to 3.

Today, we’ll cover category 2 water damage. What is it and how bad can it be?

Category 2 water is sometimes referred to as “gray water.” In terms of contamination, it’s right in the middle and can sometimes be the most difficult category to define. Technically, the amount of contamination is said to be “significant” but not enough to qualify as category 3.

Examples include water leaking from a dishwasher and water from a toilet that has been flushed.

Because of the level of contamination, category 2 water damage will likely involve a significant amount of porous material removal.

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