Water damage is a brutal thing. It’s one of the number one most common incidental expenses of home owners. However, when someone says, “water damage,” that really can mean a variety of things. Perhaps it is a little bit of warping on the wall underneath a window that is not sealed properly. Perhaps it is a small pool of water in your laundry room because a hose carrying clean water to the machine got brittle and burst all of the sudden. Heaven forbid it should be the reason you’re looking at this article right now, but perhaps it’s a full-blown burst pipe that used to contain sewage water being carried from your home that is now sitting in your basement. Or worse still, flood damage that is so large, it needs more than just a few hands cleaning it up. Whatever the reason or extent, one of the important steps to assessing flood damage cleanup and what action should be taken is making a determination of the type of water you’re dealing with in your home. Experts have categorized water into the following three categories, which can be helpful when dealing with flood damage cleanup:
This is what we’re all hoping our water damage emergencies will consist of. It’s sanitary, uncontaminated water. This could be water from a pipe that goes to your kitchen sink, supplying it with clean water that happens to be leaking into the cabinet. underneath. In these cases, the most important thing is to get it cleaned up before the water begins to grow mold or bacteria and become contaminated, and to make sure that you get everything completely dry in the flood damage cleanup and restoration efforts.
This is water that is slightly contaminated; it contains chemicals that could make you sick
if you ingested them. This water should be treated with care in the clean-up process. In addition to the instructions above given for clean water (prompt action and cleanup that results in the area being completely dry afterwards), you’ll want to strongly consider calling professionals to ensure that the flood cleanup is safe, and that you are not exposed to potentially harmful substances without proper precautions.
Black water contains human waste and is very hazardous. You absolutely should not attempt to clean or restore areas contaminated with black water on your own. One thing that is important to remember after having learned these classifications is that the category has little to do with the physical color of the water (gray or black or clear), and more to do with what is contained therein. For example, water that looks relatively clean actually could contain some liquid sewage. Or, water that is originally clean and clear that sits for a while could begin to grow bacteria that is harmful, and therefore earn a classification change up to gray water. Therefore, it is important to know where the water that you are dealing with came from, so that you can treat it properly.
When in doubt, it is never a bad idea simply to call an expert. When it all comes down to it, doing so is actually an investment for the future and may save you time and money because they are more likely to use proper chemicals and methods to clean up your space right and prevent future problems. For all your flood cleanup needs in Ogden, be sure to call Swift Restore Utah. We’ll help you do what needs to be done in your specific situation, as quickly as it can be done.