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Understanding the 3 Types of Water Damage

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When your home experiences water damage as a result of a flood or other natural disaster, it is important to act quickly in order to clean up and restore your property. However, while some service providers have a “one size fits all” style to property damage, our North Port restoration company offers a customizable approach. At FP Property Restoration, we’re here to help you understand the 3 types of water damage as designated by the IICRC (the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification), so you always know the exact work your property needs.

What is Water Restoration? 

Water restoration is the process of cleaning up and restoring a property after it has been damaged by water. Professional water restoration companies are experts in assessing the extent of damage and determining the best plan of action for restoring the property. Whether caused by floods, leaks, burst pipes, or any other water-related catastrophe, the damage left behind can be extensive and devastating. Swift action is imperative in these situations, as delaying the restoration process can exacerbate the issues, leading to the growth of mold, decay, and the spread of harmful contaminants.

Key Aspects of Water Restoration:

  • Immediate Response: Upon discovering water damage, it's vital to initiate the restoration process promptly. Time is of the essence to minimize further deterioration and mitigate potential health risks.

  • Assessment and Evaluation: Professional water restoration companies possess the expertise to thoroughly assess the extent of the damage. This evaluation includes identifying affected areas, determining the category and classification of the water (clean, gray, or black water), and comprehending the potential risks involved.

  • Planning and Strategy Development: Once the evaluation is complete, experts formulate a comprehensive plan of action tailored to the unique circumstances of the property. This strategy outlines the steps required for effective restoration and recovery.

  • Water Extraction: The first task involves removing any standing water from the property. High-powered pumps and extraction equipment are used to eliminate water swiftly, preventing further damage.

  • Drying and Dehumidification: After water removal, the affected areas are dried using industrial-grade dehumidifiers and air movers.

  • Cleaning and Sanitization: Affected surfaces and items are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to eliminate contaminants and bacteria. This ensures the safety and health of the occupants.

  • Mold Prevention: Mold can proliferate within 24 to 48 hours after water damage occurs. Professionals apply mold inhibitors and use specialized techniques to prevent its growth, safeguarding both the property and its occupants.

  • Restoration and Repairs: This phase involves repairing and restoring the property to its pre-damage condition. It encompasses various tasks such as replacing damaged drywall, flooring, insulation, and other structural elements.

  • Monitoring and Quality Control: Throughout the restoration process, constant monitoring is conducted to ensure that the property is drying properly and that no hidden pockets of moisture remain. This step guarantees the effectiveness of the restoration efforts.

  • Documentation for Insurance Claims: Professional water restoration companies provide detailed documentation of the damage, the restoration process, and associated costs. This information is crucial when filing insurance claims.

Water restoration is not just about fixing visible damage; it's about safeguarding the health and integrity of a property and its occupants. Prompt intervention by experienced water restoration professionals can mitigate the long-term consequences of water damage, ensuring that homes and businesses can once again thrive in a safe and habitable environment.

There are three categories of water damage:

Category 1 Water Damage: Clean Water Damage

Category 1 is the least severe on the IICRC scale, and includes water damage such as broken pipes and water supply lines, sinks and bathtubs which have overflowed, and various appliance issues. The main reason this type of damage is considered less severe is that it involves “clean water,” i.e. water that is sewage and toxin-free. Typically, most items damaged in category 1 incidents can be dried easily without and potential side effects for the property owner later on.

Category 2 Water Damage: Grey Water Damage

Category 2 water damage involves “grey water.” This includes water from appliances like toilets, washing machines, and sump pump backups. While consuming or coming into contact with grey water may or may not be harmful to humans, it is important to remove any affected items and disinfect completely if your home has been struck by category 2 water damage, as the waste and chemicals in grey water may prove harmful down the line.

Category 3 Water Damage: Black Water Damage

Category 3 water damage, aka “black water” damage, is the most extreme kind of water damage and requires swift action to mitigate serious health risks. Black water includes sewage, rising flood waters, seawater, as well as river and ground water. When category 3 water damage occurs, many items and materials will need to be removed from your property, and after drying has occurred your home will need to undergo significant disinfecting.

Offering Solutions for Water Damage in Categories 1,2,3!

No matter what kind of water damage you are dealing with, our experts at FP Property Restoration are here to help. We offer sewage cleanup for category 3 disasters, well as general water removal for a range of properties. Call today to learn more about how our restoration process can help you.

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