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Water Damage: How Bad Is It?

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
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Water damage differs from house to house, depending on a number of variables.  One thing that doesn’t vary, however, is the concern and urgency a homeowner experiences when such damage occurs. A certified water damage specialist knows the feeling well, and is also trained and experienced to evaluate the severity of the damage, and then apply appropriate procedures to restore the home to a safe, healthy environment.

After the source of water has been stopped, here are some of the factors a water damage pro will consider to determine the level of damage and the most effective treatment.

Source

The origin of the water is a major element in assessing the extent of the damage. For recovery and restoration purposes, industry professionals categorize the source of water into three types:

  • Type 1 water is “clean” water coming directly from a broken pipe or other sanitary origin and present in the house for not more than 24 to 48 hours.
  • Type 2 is “gray” water, mildly contaminated from sources like a washing machine or dishwasher overflow or rainwater leaking through a roof leak. Type 2 also includes Type 1 water damage that has been present for more than 48 hours.
  • Type 3 is “black” water, a raw sewage backup, or an influx of outdoor floodwater. This presents severe health threats and requires advanced decontamination methods to make the indoor environment safe again.  

Extent

The volume and extent of water spreading away from the source impact remediation. Where the quantity of water damage is minor and limited to a single room, recovery is relatively uncomplicated. If the water has spread under walls to other rooms and seeped deeper into the structure, however, more comprehensive recovery techniques are required.

Duration

The clock is ticking. How long has the water been present in the house? Microbial Growth triggered by exposure to water inside a home begins in 24 to 48 hours. Treatment and recovery are simplified if professional water extraction and drying techniques along with approved mitigation procedures are applied before that time frame elapses and microbial growth begins.

3 Reasons Flood Cleanup is Not a DIY Project

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

So, you’re handy around the house. But what if the house is flooded?  The impulse to take immediate first-person action when faced with distressing water damage to your property and possessions is understandable. However, the fact is, a structure that has been inundated with water requires specific expertise and specialized equipment well beyond the scope of any household chore you’ve tackled before. The determined DIY approach has its place in many home projects, but a flooded house is not that place.  Here are three reasons why:

You’re At Risk

Any structure inundated with water is a danger zone. Hazards faced by water damage remediation professionals include:

  • Electrical danger. Until a qualified electrician has completely disconnected a flooded house from the power grid—including removing the electrical meter if necessary—the risk of electrocution is present.
  • Toxic water and air. Floodwater picks up dangerous substances as it spreads including raw sewage, chemicals and biological hazards.  Inside a flooded house, water is hazardous on contact and the air may be toxic to breathe. Water damage professionals typically wear OSHA-approved full-body protective garb including face masks or respirators, as well as eye protection in the initial stages of the job.
  • Structural hazards. Saturated building materials such as drywall become dangerously heavy and unstable. Structural components may collapse at any time without warning.
  • Vermin infestation. Snakes, rodents and stinging insects may occupy a flooded house and pose dangers.

You’re Not Equipped

Water damage remediation teams utilize professional equipment designed for the job, not all-purpose stuff from a local rental outlet. This includes high-volume air movers, powerful water extractors, and industrial-grade dehumidifiers as well as specialized monitoring technology to track and verify the progress of remediation.

You’re Too Slow

As long as moisture remains inside your house, damage continues to spread and secondary consequences such as mold contamination intensify by the hour. There’s no time for trial-and-error experiments or a casual do-it-yourself learning curve. Professional water damage remediation teams are on-duty 24/7/365 and arrive on the scene already up to speed: fully trained, experienced and equipped to intervene immediately and execute a proven, effective recovery plan, ASAP. 

How to Protect Yourself as You Clean Up After a Flood

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Cleaning up after a flood can be as challenging and hazardous as getting through the flood event itself. Severe water inundation can turn familiar household areas into no-go zones of toxic risk factors or danger from threats like electricity, leaking natural gas or structural collapse. For safety’s sake, you’ll need to get the premises inspected by a water damage professional first before beginning any DIY clean-up efforts.

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