Categories and Precautions in Repairing Water Damage

By | March 30, 2020

Water damage impacts a large number of damages to home along with systems or electronic/electrical equipment. It might rust steel or make wood rot or effect laminated devices like boards on furnishings etc. The water damage repair process, therefore, is laborious and prolonged.

The damage could be slow or be quite fast as in case of floods or water-logging. In some cases, innocent-looking identifying may appear on surfaces and would be the first indications of damage. A substantial size of the residential or commercial property damage, every year, is attributed to water. The worrying part is most insurance policies would not water damage repair work without an addendum &/ or a charge.

Individuals or businesses badly impacted by big-scale flooding might be able to seek government assistance using grants to assist cover a few of their losses.

The 3 classifications of water damages:

o Clean water or White water: This category of water does not present a risk to people and sources might include water-supply pipes, domestic piping overflows or clogs or malfunctions of electronic devices.

o Grey Water: This category has substantial degrees of contamination, chemicals, micro-organisms or contaminants which could cause illnesses if consumed or in some cases even exposed to it. Eg. Water from dishwashers or washing machines/dryers, toilet drain with urine content (non-fecal) and so on

o Black Water: Blackwater appears and grossly unsanitary and might include viruses, bacteria, fungus and so forth. This category of water-damage results primarily inside your home and might also consist of water from streams, rivers, stagnant water, sea-water in case of cyclones or typhoons and so forth. Greywater that might have been without treatment or not removed and has been stagnant could then be classified as Blackwater – regardless of color, material or smell.

Restoration/ Repair of Water Damaged Property/ Goods

Expert ‘water-damage repair’ services/ companies are licensed by the federal government/ federal agencies and employ various water-removal methods, depending upon the extent of areas affected and the classification of water therein. Sometimes affected individuals themselves could do the salvage and remediation themselves. However, water damage company’s experts are thought about due to their knowledge and experience in similar scenarios and are typically found listed under ‘Fire & Water Damage Restorers/ Services’ in business directory sites.

Safety measures

One does not need to always suffer water damage, like Miami & Florida citizens of late, just because one lives in such locations, where water damage has taken high tolls in recent times. Basic preventative measures and steps will help one be prepared in an exigency and keep the family safe.

1. Emergency Planning – plan escape paths, each family member could carry copies of crucial & emergency situation telephone number; perhaps even an emergency bag each, which could contain all essentials.

2. Raise Electrical Systems – Heaters, Electrical Panels and so on require to be out of waters’ reach and require to be fastened on concrete floor covering so that big rises might not dislodge them. Do likewise keep in mind to cut primary power-supply in case of water-logging and have circuit-breakers set up.

3. Flood Barriers & Water-proofing sealants – High walls can be camouflaged with some climbers or fencing and so forth, to maintain aesthetic appeals and money hence invested – is always well invested. Basement walls and lower levels require repairing with waterproofing sealants.