Dealing with a flood can be one of the most devastating and stressful events as a homeowner. Whether it was due to plumbing issues or natural causes such as heavy rains or melting snow, it needs to be taken care of immediately. The longer the water sits in your home the more damage it will cause. Flooding can damage furnishings, do structural damage, cause electrical hazards and mold growth. Water damage can be awfully expensive to repair and has the potential to cause serious harm to your health. By removing the water as quickly as possible and having a proper clean up done you, will greatly reduce the repair costs and remove the chances of anyone in your home from becoming ill.
There are 3 categories of water damage that are based on the level of water contamination.
Category 1 is where the water contains no contaminates as it is from a sanitary source. Examples could be a leaked hot water tank or a broken supply line. This category of water damage does not pose an immediate threat as the source of water is fresh and does not contain harmful microorganisms or chemical or biological matter.
In category 2, the water is known as “gray water.” This is because the flood water contains a significant amount of contamination. This can include an unsafe amount of microorganisms and/or chemical or biological matter. This gray water can be dangerous to health. Grey water may be a result of sump pump failures, water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines or seepage from ruptured storage tanks.
Category 3 is the most severe water damage. This is when the water is grossly contaminated and is otherwise known as “black water.” It may contain pathogenic or toxigenic agents or be carrying heavy metals, organic matter, pesticides or other regulated materials. This category is extremely dangerous and can make anyone in the premises severely ill. Some examples of this water damage category are raw sewage backup, ground surface water, or water from a rising river or stream. Standing water can also be placed into this category. It can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, so it is especially important that even a category 1 or 2 is addressed as quickly as possible.
A professional flood restoration company is your best bet in all these situations in order to decrease the chances of health issues and further damage to your property. They will be able to efficiently do an inspection and provide the necessary mitigation plan to curb the amount of damage. The first important step would certainly be to determine the source of the water and get that under control. Then water extraction can begin along with removing any items that are non-salvageable and beginning treatments on items that are. Professional companies will also have heavy duty cleaning equipment to quickly dry materials out. Air movers, industrial dehumidifiers and air scrubbers will prove to be extremely useful in getting your home dried out as quickly as possible and removing the unpleasant musty smells from the air. It is particularly important that everything affected is properly sanitized and the moisture level is returned to normal. A professional would be able to accurately check this for you to ensure that the environment is not a breeding ground for mold.
With the many hazards of flood water, it is recommended that flooding be left to the professionals. Flooding damage and restoration needs the proper equipment in order to be dealt with in a safe and effective manner. Restoration Mate is on call 24/7 for emergencies. With years of experience in dealing with every type of flooding, they will get your situation under control in no time.