| The Three Categories of Water Damage |
There usually is a 24 to 48 hour window from the time something gets wet until mold can begin to grow. After that amount of time has passed, mold will begin to grow and multiply rapidly. When mold growth is widespread, you may need to hire a professional to safely treat and remove the mold.
Water Damage is Categorized into three levels based on how polluted the water source was that caused the damage and cleanliness of affected material.
Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a fresh water line connected to a dishwasher. This water will not cause illness.
Category 2: Water that may have bacteria in it, such as rainwater or a toilet bowl overflow without waste. This water may cause illness.
Category 3: Water that is highly contaminated. Contact will cause severe illness. Sewage backups, toilet bowl backups with waste.
Even though water may start as one Category such as Category 1, that doesn't mean it will stay that way for very long. Any material that the water makes contact with such as dirty carpeting or soil from the ground can change the water to Category 2.
If this water soaks into the ground or floorboards it can begin to breed bacteria and escalate the water to Category 3. The longer water is left, the more of a chance mold will begin to grow. This escalates the cost of Restoration greatly.
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