When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion. 98 % of all basements in the United States will at some point have water damage. Think you’re suffering from a leak, but are not too sure? The best way is to double check your water usage. Typically speaking, it is likely that a family of four is experiencing a serious leak if their water usage exceeds 12,000 gallons per month. Check past bills from your utility company to see if there have been any recent spikes. Do not worry, nearly everyone has or will have this experience. Here are three categories of water damage, and what can be done to help each one…
Category 1 – Clean Water
Category 1 Clean Water refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans or pets and classified as “clean water”. Examples are excess rain, broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines. Experts can extract the water and dry things out for you. Homeowners who experience even a small amount of water seeping into their homes either from flooding or a broken pipe should be concerned about mold.
Category 2 – Grey Water
Category 2 Grey Water refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological, or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when exposed or consumed. Known as “Grey Water,” this type of water damage carries microorganisms and nutrients of microorganisms. Sources include sump pump failures and overflowing washing machines or sewage pipes. This grey water can cause sickness to pets and humans if exposure is high. Be Careful, it is best to call a professional with this type of water damage.
Category 3 – Black Water
Category 3 Black Water is grossly unsanitary! This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water. Call professionals who can help remove the water and disinfect your home to avoid exposing members of your household to nasty bacteria which can cause illness.
Flooding Damage Delivers a One-Two Punch
First there’s the immediate initial damage to your home and possessions caused by submersion. Once floodwater recedes, however, the aftermath includes a period in which water damage continues to worsen progressively. That’s why rapid response by a qualified water damage recovery team is vital in the immediate wake of flooding. Even though the house isn’t underwater anymore, the damage has just begun. The sooner you start the clean up and dry up process, it will minimize the bacteria growth and the damage that can increase as time goes on if not fixed correctly.
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