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Different Types of Water Damage and How to Prevent Them

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in warehouse A recent water damage at a warehouse in Charlotte, NC.

Water damage is a problem that most property owners fear.  When rain and snow melts, the risk  of damage increases. Water can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage by damaging wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and equipment. Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth, which is a very expensive problem to restore.

Assessing the type of damage is important to determine what is needed to start water damage repair and water removal. There are several different types of water damage and how to prevent them.

Clean Water

This water does not pose a threat to human health if exposed or consumed.  Overflowing sinks, tubs, or a broken incoming water line would be examples of Clean Water.

This is the easiest type of water damage to handle, since there will not be too many microorganisms living in the water. However, if the damage is not properly remediated, this can result in mold growth.  It is best to contact SERVPRO of South Charlotte.

Grey Water

Grey water is slightly contaminated because of the source. Clean water turns into grey water if left untreated. This type of water contains microorganisms. Broken toilets, broken sump pumps, and seepage may cause grey water. This may cause sickness if ingested. If you want to begin the cleaning and drying process before the restoration service arrives, you should wear gloves in order to prevent your skin from touching the water so you do not spread any microorganisms.

Black water

Black water is the most hazardous type of water damage. It is usually a result of natural disasters or sewage damage. Black water can include toxic materials such as bacterial diseases, chemicals, pesticides, and microorganisms. If your home or business is suffering from this type of water damage, it is best to contact SERVPRO of South Charlotte to handle remediation and disinfecting.  It is truly better to be safe than sorry. 

Experiencing a water damage disaster causes enough stress on its own. Always seek professional advice for water damage. If you experience these kinds of emergencies, please call SERVPRO of South Charlotte.  We are always here to help. 

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