Updated: Dec 18, 2019
The water restoration industry places water damage into 3 different categories which helps determines how much contamination is believed to be present in the water. Category 1 water damage originates from a sanitary source and does not pose a health risk through direct contact, ingestion, or inhalation.
Some common examples of category 1 water damage include leaking toilet supply lines, water supply lines for sinks, refrigerator supply lines, overflows from appliances or sinks that contain no contamination, broken toilet bowls that do not have contamination as well as any other clean water source.
It is very important to contact a water restoration professional as soon as possible whenever water damage is discovered. A clean category 1 loss can escalate to a category 2 or 3 water loss if restoration work is not done correctly or in a timely matter. Don't wait, contact a professional to mitigate further damage immediately.