Water damage can occur in any area of the country and your home. Natural disasters that cause flooding, burst pipe or sewer lines, It can be devastating to your home. No matter what the cause is, it is important to hire restoration specialists. Water damage restoration is highly regulated to ensure the damaged property can be restored to a safe environment.
The Three Primary Categories Of Water Damage
When it comes to water damage, the Institute of International Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has provided three main categories of water damage. This not only provides a standard but also a foundation for water damage restoration, including the steps in the process. The three categories are as follows:
Category 1: Freshwater
When the water damage comes from a potable or sanitary source and fits for human consumption, it is considered freshwater. The flooding sources usually come from a broken supply line or sprinkler systems. It contains no contaminants and is not from natural sources like rainwater.
Category 2: Gray Water
Gray water does contain significant contamination and can cause discomfort and illness if consumed by humans. This water contains microorganisms, chemical, and biological matter. Some of the major contaminants include urine, detergents, and seepage from ruptured storage tanks.
Category 2: Dark Water
Dark Water contains harmful pathogenic and toxigenic agents and is considered “grossly contaminated.” The most common dark water damage is from raw sewage. This includes sewer backups, brackish water, flooding seawater and natural events where the water contains pesticides and heavy metals.
It is important to know that each category of water damage can rapidly develop into a more serious category if not treated immediately by a professional. Warm wet areas can develop toxic mold quickly and in a matter of hours go from a category one to two and then rapidly to three.
Why You Need A Water Remediation Specialist
Many homeowners are tempted to try and restore home water damage themselves. While it may seem like a simple fix, this is not a DIY project and better left to restoration professionals. To your eye it may seem that you got the area all cleaned up and dry, but water can seep into walls, flooring even electrical. This usually leads to a great clean up and greater expense. If you did try to fix it yourself and then end up calling water restoration, your homeowner's insurance may also deny your claim. By hiring a professional you can rest assured that you can count on the following:
- Proper use of chemicals needed to prevent mold and mildew
- Will work with your insurance company for the damage claims
- Follow protocols and procedures to get home to the pre-water condition
- Utilize equipment to determine there is no water in any area of your home.
The most important thing to keep in mind is to have a water restoration professional come in with the technical skills, tools, and equipment to determine where the entire water damage is, what type of water damage ( fresh, gray or dark) and how to quickly restore your home back to normal.
Should you find yourself facing a water/ flooding situation, the professional water remediation specialists at Renew Restoration are available 24 hours to answer your call. Locally owned and operated, we are fully IICRC certified. Our professionals understand the issues that face our community when water damage occurs and will work hard to keep everyone safe.