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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Category 1 Water Cleanup

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a bursting pipe A bursting pipe can cause a lot of water to gush out.

A burst pipe can cause a lot of water to gush out in a short amount of time. Your response when this happens in your commercial building in West Valley City, UT, can mean the difference between an out-of-control mess and a fast fix. Mitigation of damage caused by clean water can be relatively painless if you get it taken care of quickly.

Where Do the Water Category Designations Mean?

Not all water damage is the same. One of the main factors that determines the details of the cleanup process that water restoration specialists must undertake is the category of water contamination:

  • Category 1 - clean
  • Category 2 - gray
  • Category 3 - black


Category 1 water comes from a clean source, such as a faucet, supply line or pipe. Examples of water in the second category include runoff from an overflowing bathtub or washing machine. Contaminated water in the third category may come from storm flooding or sewer problems. Water damage caused by moisture in the second or third category requires not only repair or replacement of ruined materials but also thorough cleaning, whereas damage caused by clean water is somewhat less cumbersome to handle.

What Are the Steps of the Cleanup Process?

When the water causing the damage is clean, such as the water from a broken pipe, technicians can move through the steps to restoration pretty quickly. They remove the excess water, tear out damaged materials, dry all surfaces and rebuild the structure so that it matches the way it looked before the accident occurred. The key is to call them as soon as you know there's a problem so that they can get started before the water becomes contaminated or before secondary damage such as mold growth forms.

Even though clean water cleanup is comparatively easy, it's still important to call your local mitigation team in a timely manner. Fast restoration ensures that no further remediation has to take place.

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