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The Restorability of Drywall When Affected by Category 2 and 3 Water Losses..

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  • The Restorability of Drywall When Affected by Category 2 and 3 Water Losses..

    There is much debate in the restoration community on the restorability of Gypsum wallboard (more commonly called drywall or sheetrock) when affected by what the IICRC S500 classifies as Category 2 or 3 contaminated water losses.

    Does drywall have to be removed if category 3 water wicks up into it or do we only remove it at the standing water mark? Can pathogens actually travel up into the material by capillary action?

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    Category 3 is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category are contaminated water sources that affects the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water. Category 3 water is classified as Category 3 because of the contamination including bacteria and other microorganisms that it contains. Because fungus- and bacteria-related losses are specifically excluded or sublimited in virtually all insurance contracts today, any loss involving Category 3 water should trigger the fungus/bacteria limitations of coverage.
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