Faced with water damage at home? Seek professional water extraction and drying out services.
Water damage takes place due to many reasons. For instance, a flood, storm, sewage backup, etc. The damage that takes place depends on the type of wastewater you’re dealing with and how long it is allowed to stand in a particular space. Also, the same factors will determine what steps should be taken to address the damages.
Water damage can be divided into three main categories as defined by the Institute of International Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Despite the water damage you face, it is essential to call the professionals to clean up the mess.
Clean Water Damage
Clean water is generated from malfunctioning appliances, rainwater, melting snow, and toilet holding tanks. Since this type of water doesn’t pose an immediate health risk, it should be safe to clean it up yourself. But make sure you eliminate that water within 48 hours because clean water that’s allowed to stand beyond that timeframe may turn into grey water. However, to be on the safe side and ensure that all the water is dried up, seek a professional drying out service.
Grey Water Damage
Also known as sullage, greywater is the type of wastewater that’s not contaminated with fecal matter. The source of greywater can be sinks, dishwashers, washing machines, bathtubs, and showers. It can be used for non-potable purposes, such as toilet flushing and typically contains fewer pathogens than blackwater. Yet, you can’t take it lightly because it does contain small amounts of contaminants that can trigger illnesses upon exposure.
Besides, greywater can damage your drywall, furniture, and carpeting. Don’t allow children, pets, or those with compromised immune systems to get close to the flooded area. Like clean water, greywater can transform into the next category, that’s black water, if it is not eliminated within 48 hours. That’s why you should try to eliminate greywater as soon as possible, but make sure you wear protective gear, such as gloves, boots, etc., so that your skin is not affected.
If the situation is serious, rely on a professional water damage restoration company instead of cleaning yourself.
Black Water Damage
Black water is any water contaminated with toxins or pathogens such as human waste. It normally comes from sewage backups, leaking sewage pipes, containing used toilet paper and human waste, including feces and urine. Blackwater may also originate from kitchen sinks and dishwashers involving food waste.
Regardless of the source, blackwater is the most dangerous type of water that will most certainly cause illness to humans and pets as well as make furniture and other surfaces unsalvageable upon exposure. As soon as you suspect the presence of blackwater, call for professional water extraction and drying out services.
Call for Water Extraction and Drying Out Services
Now that you’re familiar with the different types of wastewater, stay cautious about water damage in different areas of your home. As soon as you detect any type of water damage, you should immediately approach a professional water damage restoration service. STOP can help you restore the damage. It services in Mesa, Gilbert, San Tan Valley, and Tempe, AZ.