Water damage describes several situations where your property has been damaged or destroyed by water. Water absorbs into porous substances and can cause carpet to separate from its backing, laminate can come off pressed board, metal items can rust and fall apart, to name a few. Damage can be small and can leave water spots behind, but it can also be extensive and have you dealing with a completely flooded area. Water damage can come from many different causes. Storm water, washing machine, dishwasher, leaky or broken pipes a clogged toilet, on so on. A crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day. Places where water damage is likely to occur are the kitchen, bathroom or in the basement. When the water leak comes from above it can damage ceilings. Water damage from major storms can damage an entire home or apartment.
What are the 3 Categories of Water Damage?
• Category 1. The source of water in this damage does not pose a threat to people. This water is called “clean water” and comes from water that has overflowed from a bathtub, a sink or other source that comes from water supply lines.
• Category 2. This water is called “gray water” and can come from the dishwasher, washing machine, toilet (with urine, no feces), etc. This water can cause health problems if ingested.
• Category 3. This water is called “black water” and is unsanitary. It comes from sewage, rivers, standing water, etc. This water is high in contamination and can cause severe heath problem or death.
What Should I Do Immediately After Water Damage?
When you’re dealing with water damage, a quick reaction is imperative because water can cause major damage to your property. It can impact the electrical in your home and moisture that sits around for too long can easily cause mold to grow and lead to all sorts of other problems. Mold is unpleasant, difficult to deal with and bad for your health. If the cause of the moisture is not taken care of properly, the mold will keep coming back. Professionals need to be called in to handle water damage situations and return your property back to normal as quickly as possible.
Cost of Water Damage & Restoration
There are a few factors that that will determine the cost of the water damage. The size of the affected area, the source of the water and how long the water damage has been happening. The cost to clean up gray or black water will be more because the disinfection process is more stringent, and the technicians are facing a greater risk to their health in the process.
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In a water damage situation, safety comes first. You’ll be dealing with electrical appliances, slippery floors and wet objects that can all be dangerous. If you’re in doubt about safety, don’t do it and leave if you feel it’s the safest option. Whether it’s a small amount of damage or extensive, all water damage needs proper response and quick reaction. Disaster Services is your source for expert water damage restoration. Call us today!