Over the years, water damage has become a huge deal. Gone are the days when a simple sweep and air drying of the flooring and water damaged area could be considered proper situation control. The reasons of water damage are many and varied. A broken pipe, broken dishwasher, leaking roof, leaking pipes, damaged plumbing, tub water overflow, faucet overflow, improper piping of washing machines, moisture, humidity, snow, rain, storms and floods are the some of the many causes of damage by water . Some of these might seem harmless enough but if not treated properly and at the soonest, they can create some major problems and serious damage to property as well as health.
Water that causes damage is categorized into three different categories. Damage can be caused by ‘clean water ‘ which does not pose any harm to human health. The water in this category comes from leaking or broken supply lines, flooding of tubs, faucets and water taps left open etc. The second category of water that causes damage is called ‘grey water ‘ and has a particular degree of containment (chemical, bio-chemical etc). This kind of water usually comes from leakage in toilets (only urine, not feces), discharged water of washing machines, dishwashers etc and can cause sickness or discomfort when it comes in contact with the skin or when consumed. The third category consists of ‘black water’ and is highly unsanitary and dangerous. It comes from standing water, sewage water, ground surface water and seawater. It can cause extreme health problems for people and usually contains harmful bacteria and other micro-organisms.
The most serious damage posed by water is health related damage . Flood water, sewage leakage and standing waters are breeding homes for mosquitoes and bacteria. It can cause diseases like dengue fever as it produces fungi which are very dangerous for human health and can cause breathing problems in them. Water damage restoration is crucial for the health of the affected family’s members. It is very important to take steps in time to save the family and the home from any permanent damage .
Water that seeps into the foundations of the building can cause serious damage by weakening the structure, dampening the supporting structures, and rotting the foundations. It can literally cause the building to sink. Water harms everything that comes in its way; furniture, electronics, clothes, books, carpets. Every household item is prone to water damage in case of floods, rain storms and leakages. Water seepage into walls and closets due to leakages or humidity in the area is also a nuisance. It damages the walls and weakens them and causes rot and mold in the closets which destroys clothes, electronics and utensils.
Water damage restoration is crucial to save and restore everything destroyed by water . It includes various procedures such as extraction, drying, cleanups, dehumidification, sewage disposal, waste removal, sanitizing, odor control, cleaning and drying of furniture and carpets and countering the damage caused by mold and rot.
Water damage restoration can be a lengthy process and demands a lot of patience. The help of experience and trained professionals can be sought who not only carry out restoration but also provide a strict guideline as to how to avoid damage in future and what steps to take if the situation ever recurs.