Back To Basics – Water Damage Restoration 101
We get really into this water damage thing on this blog, exploring a number of different scenarios, their solutions, and possible prevention strategies. What we are doing today is going back to the basics of water damage, what it is, and the common causes and consequences.
Water damage can range from a small water spot on the carpet to large-scale floods that engulf entire communities, and the type of repair and restoration will depend largely on the type of water that is involved.
There are three basic types of water damage:
Water damage from a clean water source, like pipes, appliances which involve clean water supply lines, sinks etc. There is no immediate threats to humans.
Water damage from containment water like toilet bowls with urine (no feces ), water discharge from dishwashers or washing machine. The water contains contaminants that can cause discomfort or sickness.
Water damage from grossly unsanitary water. Can come from sewage, ground surface water or standing water, Greywater that were not properly removed or remained for 48-72 hours, toilet backups from beyond the toilet trap and more. This water contains bacteria and fungus and can cause severe discomfort or sickness.
Classification means different methods of proper treatment and remediation. In many cases, it may be something as simple as wiping up a spill and thoroughly drying the surface, while in other cases it may be necessary to utilize industrial grade pumps and other treatment methods to properly restore the damage. Other problems such as mold growth require their own specialized treatments in order for the restoration process to be fully effective.
The basic procedure for all water damage problems is to first locate the source of the leak and shut it off, then disconnect any electricity that may be servicing the damaged area. Excess water should be removed by paper towels, mops, pumps, or whatever is required. Loose items should be moved elsewhere for cleaning and repair. All affected surfaces should be completely dried out, disinfected, and sanitized in order to prevent future problems.
You should also conduct regular inspections of your home or business, looking for signs of small leaks that could become major problems later on. Damaged pipes or missing roof shingles should be replaced or repaired promptly, and any broken seals should be likewise addressed.
While minor water problems can often be addressed by homeowners, larger spills (involving more than one room), may require the services of a professional water damage restoration provider, since they will have the training, experience, and skills necessary to handle even the largest cases of water or flood damage.