Natural disaster recovery: Tips
Water damage is something that can affect anyone, at any time, in any part of the world. It occurs when a considerable amount of damage by water has be done to any type of property. The type of damage often associated with this is rotting wood, rusting of steel, and de-laminating of other materials such as plywood. The damaging effects caused by water can be a slow process, which is often seen in cases dealing with residential damage. It can originate from many sources, including broken pipes and plumbing leaks in homes. However, it can also be quick and devastating, thanks to natural disasters like flash floods.
The effects caused by water damage can come in three different categories that rate the level of evaporation based on the type of materials that are affected.
- Category 1 is known as “clean water” and poses no significant threat to humans. Examples of this type of damage are tub and sink overflows and fractured water supply lines.
- Category 2 is know as “grey water” and can contain a variety of chemicals and microorganisms which can cause discomfort and even illness in humans. Examples of “grey water” include discharge from washing machines, dishwashers, and toilet bowls with urine.
- Category 3 is known as “black water” and is considered to be the most unsanitary type of water damage. It often hosts many different types of harmful bacteria and fungi that can cause severe discomfort and illness in people. It comes from contaminated outside water sources that affect indoor environments. The outflow can come from sewage, seawater, rising rivers and streams; and ground surface water.
Depending on the category of water damage, water restoration can be preformed by regular maintenance, homeowners, and property management teams. However, contacting a certified restoration specialist is considered the best option due to their expertise.