This is Lisa Ridgely, deputy editor of Contracting Profits magazine, and today’s CleanLink Minute is about the categories of water damage as applied to carpet restoration.

For many years, carpet damage from water loss was categorized by water color, from least to most severe: clear, gray and black. In the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s most recent publication of the Standard for Professional Water Damage, categories of water loss were updated.

Now, what was formerly known as clear water is referred to as a category one loss; gray water has become category two; and black water, the most severe, is category three. This number system allows for classification based on contamination source rather than water color, since some contaminants are clear. This updated category system allows for more accurate diagnosis of carpet damage.