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5 Things You Need To Know About Water Damage

3/6/2023 (Permalink)

Flooded bathroom. The bottom line is that water damage is a serious problem, and it can be difficult to detect.

Water damage can be devastating to your home. If you're like most people, you might think of it as just a small nuisance that is best handled by yourself. But in fact, water damage is serious and can cause significant structural damage to your home. It's important to know the signs of water damage and to quickly seek professional help when these signs appear.

Here are five things you need to know about water damage:

1. Water Damage is Serious

Water damage is serious, and it can cause serious problems in your home or business. Mold growth is a major concern when there's water damage. Mold spores can quickly spread through the air and quickly become a major infestation when water is introduced.

Water can also cause significant structural damage to your property if left untreated for too long, which means that even small leaks could lead to expensive repairs down the road if not addressed properly.

2. Water Damage Can Be Hidden

You may not know that your home has been damaged by water until it's too late. Water can seep into hidden areas of your home and cause damage to electrical wiring, insulation, wood, and other building materials, or even the foundation itself. And because the water travels through floors and walls easily--especially if they're porous or poorly insulated--this kind of damage may not be obvious at first glance.

3. Mold Can Quickly Begin to Spread

Mold can begin to grow in 24 hours. Once it starts, it spreads quickly and easily. Mold spores are invisible and can be carried by air, so they can spread through your home or office very quickly if there is moisture present.

Mold causes serious property damage when left unchecked for too long, so it's important that you take action as soon as possible if you notice any signs of water or mold in your home or office building.

4. Levels Of Contaminated Water

Water damage can be classified as Category 1, Category 2, or Category 3 depending on how contaminated the source of the water loss is.

Category 1 water damage is also known as "clean water." This type of water comes from a clean water source such as a leaky faucet or broken supply line. It is important to note that just because the water is leaking from a "clean" water source, the water will turn into a Category 2 loss if left untreated.

Category 2 water damage is also known as "grey water." This type of water originates from a source that may contain bacteria and viruses. Examples include washing machine overflow, dishwasher overflow, and toilet bowl overflow. In instances where Category 2 water is present, it is best to call professionals for help with the mitigation.

Category 3 water damage is the worst category of water damage, it is also known as "black water." This type of water originates from highly unsanitary sources, such as flood waters and sewage waters. It is crucial to have a professional team on site when dealing with Category 3 mitigation and restoration.

5. Professional Water Cleanup Company

If you've been affected by water damage, don't try to clean it up yourself. It's tempting to try to do everything yourself in order to save money--but when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of a flood or other type of water damage, professional help is what you need. In most cases, water damage is covered under your homeowner's insurance.

Professionals have the training and experience required for handling these situations safely and efficiently. They also have access to specialized equipment that can help prevent further damage from occurring as they work on removing excess moisture from your home or business.

The bottom line is that water damage is a serious problem, and it can be difficult to detect. If you think you might have water damage in your home or business, don't delay--contact a professional immediately.

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