Water damage can occur from a number of different sources in your Willoughby home. While all water damage emergencies need to be dealt with as soon as possible, not all water damage instances are the same. In fact, there are 3 categories of water that can affect your home, and knowing the differences between them is important when it comes to restoration. Let’s walk you through each one and how it can affect your home.
Category 1 water comes from a clean source, such as a leaky faucet or broken supply line. Water damage restoration from category 1 water is fairly simple. First, water must be extracted and dried completely. Then, damaged materials can be repaired or replaced. If category 1 water is not remediated quickly and correctly, it can turn into category 2 or 3 water.
Category 2 water is contaminated water that may contain bacteria and viruses. Common sources of category 2 water include dishwasher overflow, washing machine overflow, and toilet overflow (without feces). This type of water could cause illness by coming in contact with it, and needs to be handled promptly. Not only is adequate drying needed, but thorough disinfecting must also take place. If left untreated, category 2 water can very quickly degrade to category 3 water.
Like the name entails, category 3 water is grossly contaminated. All contact should be avoided because this type of water can cause serious illness and even death if ingested. Black water can come from flooding streams, canals or rivers, water from the sewer line, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or long-standing water that has begun to grow microbes. This type of water requires professional clean up with the use of specialized equipment to safely remove contaminants.
If you are unsure which type of water you are dealing with, be sure to call a water damage restoration team. With the proper training and equipment, the water damage restoration crew at Pine Ridge Restoration can determine the water category present and proceed with an appropriate plan of action. While you are waiting for the restoration team to arrive, there are some steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe from contaminated water:
Nothing is more important to Pine Ridge Restoration than keeping your family safe and restoring your home following water damage. No matter the cause, source, or scope of the situation, we can provide the best water damage restoration for your home.