Category one, or clean-water floods originate from sources that do not contain harmful bacteria or pathogens that pose a substantial threat to humans. These sources may be from broken pipes or appliances, falling rain or melting snow, or sink or tub overflows that do not hold contaminants. It is important to remove the water as quickly as possible. With time bacteria and mold that contact wet surfaces will multiply. The water has also come in contact with soil and other contaminants. It may escalate from a clean water flood (category 1) to a gray (category two) or even a black water flood (category three). Gray and black water floods are discussed in other Technical Guides. Gray and black water floods will be discussed in another brochure.
Water Restoration – Category One