Water Damage Basics
Water damage needs to be addressed quickly. The longer you wait, the worse the damage can be, and the more costly the repair. The water will need to be removed from the home, a process known as water extraction, and then all surfaces will need to be completely dried, cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized.
If mold is present, it will need to be removed and the area properly treated to prevent its return.Water Damage Local.com providers use only the most up to date water removal and restoration equipment, designed to remove the water from your home as quickly as possible without causing further damage.
When dealing with water, timing is imperative. The longer you wait to start the clean-up process, the worse the damage is going to get. Once the water has been removed from the premises, you can start the clean-up process by opening all doors and windows. Remember to keep everything open until all parts of the property are dry including floors, furniture, walls and other materials. Unwanted water can destroy materials such as wood, steel and laminate. It can cause the growth of mold and damage walls and floors. Damage can happen instantly with a big storm or slowly overtime with a leaky pipe.
What are the different categories of water?
There are three basic categories of water. The type of water in your property will help determine the extent of the damage and how the water will be removed.
The first category of water is clean water that poses no harm to people. This includes water damage caused by a sink or bathtub overflow or an appliance malfunction.
The second category of water is called gray water. This category includes water that has a significant amount of contamination, which can be chemical, physical and/or biological. Gray water can cause harm and illness to those who are exposed to or drink it.
The third category of water is known as black water. This water is very unsanitary and contains pathogenic agents coming from other contaminated water sources. It can cause discomfort and illness to those who are exposed to or who drink it. Black water can come from seawater, ground surface water, river water and stream water.
Water damage is typically placed into one of three categories. The category of water determines how the water will be removed.
Category 1: This category includes clean water that poses no threat to people. The circumstances that can cause this type of water damage usually include sink and bathtub overflows and appliance malfunctions. These types of messes are easy to clean-up and are only likely to cause minor water damage, if any.
Category 2: The second category is known as grey water which is contaminated water. This water will have a significant amount of chemical, biological or physical contaminants to be rated in this category. Grey water can cause sickness when one is exposed to or drinks it. This category includes water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, overflows of toilets and water seepage from hydrostatic failures.
Category 3: This third and final category contains water known as black water, which affects indoor environments. It is very unsanitary and can cause sickness due to high amounts of bacteria and fungi. This category includes water from sewage, seawater, water from rivers and streams, ground surface water and standing water.
How does the water removal process work?
Several steps are taken to remove water from your property in the event of a flood, hurricane, or other water related disaster. First, the water will be removed from the property. Once the water is removed, a de-humidification process will begin to dry the wet areas. Next, evaporation of the water will occur and finally the air will be tested to ensure that all water and moisture is gone from the property and won’t cause any further problems.
Other processes involved with water damage restoration include wet carpet restoration, odor control, fabric restoration, mold remediation, dry wall restoration and wood floor restoration.