Water damage is any kind of damage to your property that is caused by water being where it shouldn’t be. In some cases, it can be the result of a flood or some kind of malfunction like a burst pipe or water main. There are three types of water damage, know as categories 1, 2, and 3.
- Category 1 (Clean water): Clean water damage, sometimes known as white water damage, is damage that comes from a source of clean water. The water will typically come from something like an overflowing bathtub, a plumbing supply line, or a flooded washing machine. There hasn’t been an extensive amount of water absorbed in the affected area in this category.
- Category 2 (Gray water): Gray water damage is that in which the source of the water may contain chemicals or other contaminants that can be harmful to your health, cause sickness, or lead to discomfort for the occupants. This comes from things like appliance discharge, a broken waterbed or fish tank, or overflowing toilets. This damage might require that you replace the flooring, furniture, or some affected appliances.
- Category 3 (Black water): Black water damage is the worst of the three categories. It contains pathogenic agents and is incredibly unsanitary. It can come from toilet backflow, flooding from seawater, ground surface water, or rising water from nearby bodies of water. This category can not only damage the inside of the home but the structure of the home itself as well.
What to do if you have water damage
If you notice water damage in your home, you should immediately call for water remediation services. Water remediation services can identify the source of the problem, evaluate mold growth, contain damage, minimize demolition, remove contamination, and restore your home to the condition it was in before the water damage. You can also hire the company to perform upholstery cleaning, carpet cleaning, house cleaning services, and more.
Before you call for water remediation services, make sure to remove any type of organic items like bedding, towels, and upholstery that might have been damaged by a basement flood. If you don’t dry them out within 48 hours, throw them away because they will start to mold. For more information on water remediation, call us today!