Some things about Water Damage.
Well, folks, I really hope it’s not a secret for you that water damage is that pesky thing that can be a reliable source of the greatest problems for your indoor interior. Just think, right after the walls of your house, floor coverings or furniture upholstery get wet, they turn into a home-sweet-home for fungus and mold. And not only that! Materials, affected by the flood or pipe developed leak, begin to deform making your comfy house unsafe for living. A leaky roof provides lot of “fun” too, especially when you got the whole mess of electric wiring in your attic, right above the bedroom… You got that right, fellas, right after the wires get shorted because of the smallest water leak, you’ll get a nice and hot fire on the roof! Weakened wooden beams, rusty metal parts, ruined plaster and drywall – these and many other “surprises” come along with WD.
What makes water damage so dangerous?
What is the main source of that destructive power that turns harmless moisture into a pure disaster, indeed? Just like in the most cases in our life, the answer is hidden inside the very question. In other words, the main troublemaker in a water damage is… the water, that inflicts that damage. Sounds weird, I’m sure, but the main thing here is the quality of the liquid you have to deal with. Although you may think that water is water, guys from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) state that there are three main categories (or types) of the water that inflicts damage to your home interior. Those types are:
- liquid that comes from a sanitary, relatively clean source (toilet or drinking water tank, faucet, etc). Unfortunately type #1 can easily become a type #2 right after contacting dusty floor coverings due to it’s high sterility;
- liquid contaminated with various unhealthy stuff that can harm your health. This kind of a flood is usually known as “grey water” (toilet overflows, sink drain flushes, washing machines leaks, etc);
- here we got the worst category of water you can face inside your house. It’s usually called “black water” which means it is severely contaminated with chemicals or organic waste (raw sewage, untreated sea water, river flooding, toilet overflows full of feces, etc). As you can guess, contacting “black water” may end with serious health problems including death. That’s that!
The very next thing you should know about is the classification of damage cause by water. As follows from the scientific reports, there are four main classes of destruction you may face after a flood, the burst in the water main or sewage breakthrough. Let’s take a look at that “awful four”:
#1: the easiest class you can deal with without calling for help. A few puddles on the floor won’t cause serious harm to your interior. At this point you actually have nothing to worry about, Just take care about wet carpets and upholstery.
#2: honestly, I can hardly call this stage “serious”, but it can’t be ignored anyway. At this point you the entire room affected by water. The floor coverings are wet and you can find traces of moisture inside the structural materials. Moreover, pesky #2 can easily weaken the walls, so if I were you, I’d try my best to get rid of that mess in my house.
#3: this “chum” can boast of the fastest rate of evaporation of all it’s “counterparts”. In most cases #3 is a direct consequence of a serious roof leak when the whole mess of water affects your home interior at the same time and the walls as well as the floors get sopping wet.
#4: well, this one is the case you would like to avoid, that’s for sure! No wonder they call it “special”: this “fella” can saturate such water-resistant materials as stone, brick and hardwood. It’s hard to imagine the way #4 can harm your house, ain’t it?!
A couple of things about water damage you need to keep in mind.
Let’s see, what are those important things you need to remember when facing the consequences of a flood or small misfortune in the bathroom? As a rule, the things start getting “funny” right after the following simple questions come up to your mind: “What shall I do now?..” or “Is all my stuff ruined?..” Just to keep your head you need to keep in mind the following easy to remember things about WD:
There is the difference between Water and Flood Damage when it comes to insurance policies. To put it short, your homeowners insurance can hardly cover cases of a flood damage so in case of misfortune make sure you have special NFIP (National Flood Insurance Policy) policy to make guys from insurance company adjust your claim properly.
There is no time to lose when you face that crap. In other words, the more you wait for the best time to start a cleanup, the worse situation you get. As you can guess, water itself is makes just the first “wave of damage”. Right after you leave it as is, the secondary affecting factors come into play: the deformation of materials caused by water evaporation, horrible odor in your living room, mold and fungus growth… The sooner you get rid of the leaking and squelching mess the better for your health!
Don’t hesitate to call cleanup and restoration services when dealing with damages inflicted by “black” and “grey” waters. In spite of your personal experience, those guys in most cases are well trained to deal with flood consequences. As a rule they can even restore your property (floor coverings, upholstery, etc). Specially for those guys who don’t like to spend money for nothing: hiring a team of professional cleaners worth every single penny you pay for the dirty job they do!
I guess, the summary of this quite long story can be surprisingly short. Something like that: don’t mess with water until water troubles you!