3 Water Damage Nightmares Businesses Can Face

3 Water Damage Nightmares Businesses Can Face

As a business owner, you know how important it is to keep your indoor environment clean and secure. When your building’s interior is well-maintained, your employees will work comfortably and your clients will feel relaxed when navigating your establishment. Nevertheless, you can still encounter several emergencies that will put your business on halt.

One large problem you may encounter is commercial water damage. It can be caused by a variety of issues, from a leaking pipe to an overflowing toilet. Handling any kind of water-related catastrophe is challenging, but when you know the category of water damage you’re dealing with, recovering from the aftermath will be easier.

The Three Categories of Water Damages

Category 1:  Clean Water

Category 1 is the least hazardous of the three levels of damages. That is because Category 1 water is clean at the source. Typical plumbing issues that can cause this issue include sink overflows and burst water lines. Category 1 inflicts the least amount of property damage and is the easiest to remedy. However, if you’re unable to deal with the water damage within 24 hours, it can escalate to Category 2.

Category 2: Gray Water

Category 2 water damage may contain pathogens and microbes that are dangerous to your health. It's in your best interest not to consume it. The most common sources of category 2 include:

  • Dishwasher overflows
  • Leaking aquariums
  • Backed up sump pumps
  • Toilet overflows with no solid waste

Category 3: Black Water

Category 3 offers the worst type of water damage, so it requires immediate attention. The water in this category is heavily contaminated and contains pathogens that can cause severe illnesses or lead to death. Children and individuals with weak immune systems should stay away from structures that experience Category 3 water damage. Potential causes include:

  • Sewage or ground surface water intrusion
  • Toilet overflows with solid waste
  • Floods and other natural disasters

Once you know the type of water damage you’re facing, you can quickly assess the situation and use the best approach to handle the clean-up and get your business back on track.

Trust All American to Clean Up Your Water Damages

When you are dealing with water damages, be sure and contact All American Cleaning & Restoration at 208-203-1512. Our company offers fast and reliable water damage restoration and cleanup services for your commercial property and our emergency crews are available on a 24/7/365 basis. We also offer insurance claims assistance and will gladly work directly with your insurance provider. All American serves residential and commercial properties in Idaho.