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Oct 28
2020

Understanding the Different Levels of Water Damage

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Water is an essential part of our lives and essential in any home, but it can quickly become your worst nightmare when unexpected. From issues like flooding, burst pipes, and any other number of water related issues, water damage restoration is an incredibly in demand service across the country.

To really get a grip with the severity of water damage, we need to understand what it can look like in different situations. As we will later see, water damage can come in all shapes and sizes to damage your home. Let’s first see why understanding your specific level of water damage is so important.

The Value of Understanding Your Water Damage

As they say for nearly everything, knowledge is power. Understanding what kind of water damage you are looking to deal with can help you determine the necessary response to mitigate damage. This means that a well-rounded understanding of the levels and types of water damage can help you realize if this is just a small issue or something that needs more advanced help to deal with.

To understand the severity of water damage you can expect, we have categorized water damage in the home into three distinct categories.

Different Levels of Water Damage

Small Amounts of Damage

When we think of small amounts of water damage, we are considering an affected area that can be contained and noticed with relative ease. While not as serious as the larger scale damage, you still need to be ready to act when you notice a small amount of water damage.

This water damage is usually caused by something like a toilet overflowing or a leaking pipe causing water to drip over a small area. While the amount of area damaged and cleanup may not be too bad, you need to be very careful about the water itself. As we will see later, dealing with grey and black water requires more care even if it is just a small amount of damage from it.

Medium Amounts of Damage

The medium amount of damage category is often one that can start small and get large if you don’t act quickly. The severity of this water damage is often caused by internal home systems that contain water and have an issue that causes them to release water.

At a larger area damaged than the small category, you will often see this damage caused by a broken pipe, a washing machine backup, or at worst a sewer backup. Just like the small scale damage, the water quality and where it comes from can make the medium damage much worse if not addressed quickly.

Substantial Damage and Flooding

Our last category of water damage is the one most people fear and never want to deal with as it can consume large spaces or entire rooms. This is where we see common flood damage restoration service step in as professional help is most often needed to deal with damage on this larger scale.

Issues like floods, storms, severe sewer issues, and even standing water are all considered to cause substantial amounts of damage and flooding. What makes these issues the worst is not only their large area of damage and associated restoration costs, but they are more often than not out of your control to begin with.

Water Damage Sources

With an understanding for the severity of what water damage can look like, we want to inform you about the state’s water can be found in. These commonly defined water states of clean, grey, and black are recognized across the country and are easy enough to identify.

As we will soon see, the quantity of water is not the only factor determining it’s danger. Let’s look at the water categorizations starting from the least serious and going to the most serious water to work with.

Clean Water

Clean water is what runs through most pipes in your homes and is considered to be the safest of the three water categories. While it is used in faucets, showers, and drinking supplies, this water being clean does not mean you shouldn’t worry about the damage it causes.

Dealing with water damage in Pensacola, many restoration companies see neglected clean water degrading and getting dirty when left to sit. It is essential that you get clean water removed immediately so that it does not get dirty and become a more serious threat to your home.

Grey Water

Our next category of water is going to be grey water that is common in many forms. Just like clean water, grey water is often moved around your house through pipes as it comes from washing machines, dishwashers, and even toilets that continue just urine.

Grey water is not a serious threat to your health directly but contact and exposure to its contents can become an issue when cleaning or leaving it sit. Cleaning up grey water requires quick action unless you want its contaminants to become harmful and cause you to need mold remediation in Santa Rosa Beach.

Black Water

Our last and most serious water to deal with as black water. As you can interpret from the name and final listing of water, this water is often defined as grossly unsanitary and dangerous for human contact. In fact, most water-born illnesses and dangerous contaminants are found in black water that pose even life-threatening conditions to humans.

We see water that is stagnant, from sewers or the ocean, or water with feces being categorized as black water. The nature of what is in this water means that it must not only be removed quickly, but with extreme care. It is almost never recommended that you come in contact with or try to clean this water yourself as you could catch a serious illness or infection.


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