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How To Understand Water Damage Categories Like a Pro

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Blue background of water with the words WATER CATEGORIES in the middle Three Water Damage Categories

Types Of Water Damage Categories

Confronting water damage to residential properties in Bingham Heights, NC, can be a daunting and dangerous proposition. Professionals from a flood restoration company categorize the type of water they are dealing with to understand how to clean it up. These experts place the aftermath of flooding into one of three categories:

1. Clean Water
This refers to water that is not currently dangerous to residents. It could have been discharged from a plumbing fixture like a sink, washing machine or bath or direct from a broken pipe or water main. Professionals can remove clean water by pumping it out and using equipment like a dehumidifier to dry out the area.
While this type of water damage is the easiest to repair, it is still best to let a restoration company handle it. If clean water sits for more than two days, it turns into grey water.

2. Grey Water
Grey water has absorbed some contaminants from the surrounding environment. For example, water from an aquarium could have bacteria in it. A toilet can introduce urine or cleaning products into a pooling area. As with clean water, if grey water is not removed within two days, it can become more hazardous.

3. Black Water
This kind of water is commonly found in high floodwaters and may be severely contaminated by pathogens and/or toxic chemicals. It often contains sewage as well as chemical run-off from lawns and factories. Anything damaged by this sort of flooding, including both belongings and house structures such as drywall, may need to be removed and destroyed by professionals. When specialists come to repair this type of damage, they need to wear special protective equipment.
Restoration companies work following rigorous professional standards when they survey and rehabilitate residential properties. Placing floodwater into one of the three categories above is the first step in restoring a home with water damage.

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