Whether caused by a ruptured pipe, overflowing bathtub, or flooding from a natural disaster, water damage in your home or business can be overwhelming. Water has the potential to ruin furniture, carpets and wood flooring, electronics, and drywall. When water cleanup is not handled quickly enough, it can create serious health problems for you, your family, or your customers. Knowing about proper water cleanup can save your property, protect your family, and prevent the issue from becoming a catastrophic loss.
Type of Water Damage
There are three types of water damage
are possible during a flood. The category of water in your property will dictate what type of water cleanup you need, and whether it’s possible for you to undertake the job yourself or you need professional help to address the problem.
1. Clean Water
Clean water damage could come from an appliance that overflows, a leaky roof, or a pipe that bursts. This type of water cleanup is the easiest. The main concern when it comes to clean water is getting it cleaned up before mold or other fungus starts growing, and you may need professional help to get things dry in time.
Greywater is somewhat polluted or contaminated because of either where it came from or because clean water was left for too long. Greywater is the wastewater from a variety of household uses. It can come from washing machines, dishwashers, sinks, and overflowing toilets that do not contain feces. Clean water that sits long enough for microbes to proliferate is also greywater because it is now contaminated. This type of water damage is a hazard due to microbes, and if you handle anything affected by greywater, make sure you wear gloves. Professional water cleanup is the safest way to preserve your health and your property when dealing with gray water.
3. Black Water
Black water is the most dangerous type of water you could encounter when dealing with a flood. This type of water damage includes flooding from sewage back up, toilets containing feces, and natural disasters. Greywater becomes black water when it sits for long enough to go from slightly contaminated to very contaminated due to increased bacterial growth. Black water could contain any number of contaminants including toxins, chemicals, pesticides, and bacteria. It is always best to let professionals handle the water cleanup in any situation where you could be dealing with black water damage. When it comes to grey and black water damage, the colors do not refer to the actual coloring of the water. It is a designation of the level of contamination of the water. You cannot tell how contaminated water is by looking at it, and determining the source of the water is vital. When in doubt, let professionals handle it. Call for professional help as soon as water damage
occurs, and we’ll save as much of your property and spare as many of your belongings as possible.