The Basics Of Water Damage Restoration
Whether you’ve dealt with water damage before or not, it’s always great to know the basics. That way, if/when water damage does strike, you’re not completely in the dark. Here are a few things to keep in mind when confronted with water damage.
We’ll start off with the different types of water that may be in your home: clean, grey, and black. Clean water comes from appliances such as sinks, supply lines, anything with clean water that will not harm humans. Grey water is water that’s been lightly contaminated and has the potential to cause some sickness. This type can be produced by washing machines or toilet water (without feces). Blackwater is highly contaminated water. This type comes from grey water that sat for more than 48-72 hours, sewers, toilet backflows, and more. You should be most concerned with this water, as it has the highest risk of illness.
Now that you know the different types of water, you can move onto the actual cleaning. Whether you do it yourself or call your local water restoration company, these steps are a good general idea of what’s going to happen. Remember, there is no set size, shape, or anything for water damage. Sometimes you may deal with a little leak and others may be an entire basement covered in water. No matter the size, make sure power to the area is cut off. After the power situation is resolved, find the source of the damage. Finding the source cuts out the chance of water damage getting even worse. Once it’s found, the water extraction begins. Depending on the damage, most professionals will bring in a Wet Vac. Before/during this process, others may begin cleaning up the possessions and making sure nothing is too damaged. Once all the water is extracted, the drying process begins. Drying out the property can be accomplished with fans, blowers, and plenty of air circulation. Professionals usually test for mold as well. Moisture, darkness, and bacteria are perfect feeding grounds for mold growth.
Although not all water damage situations are serious, they still need attention. Professionals are usually the best way to go, especially in major cases. The faster the job is done, the better it will be for you and your home. Call your local water restoration company for your free estimates today!