Ft. Lauderdale Water Removal Experts on the Types of Water Damage

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Fort Lauderdale Water Removal Experts on the Different Types of Water Damage and the Dangers of Each

 

If you have recently experienced a water leak or other water damage and you are wondering if you should attempt water or mold removal as a DIY project or if you should call a Fort Lauderdale expert like All Florida Restoration Pros, you're going to want to be aware of the risks that you might be facing. Water damage can run the gamut of mild risk to health to serious risk depending on the class of water that caused the damage and the amount of time that the water has been allowed to sit.

The best outcome is to be able to clean up the mess so you can "restore" the area by drying in place. The downside is damage that is so extensive to construction materials like wallboard, tile, baseboards etc. that they have to be "reconstructed" or replaced.

Mold is the most well known risk that water spills can bring but there are other health risks as well. It all depends on the source of the water and how long it is allowed to sit.

Basically there are three classes of water and you should know what you are dealing with before you decide how you are going to deal with the problem.

Clean, Gray and Black Water

Category 1 or "clean" water comes from a potable source like a clean water line, a toilet tank or water heater. "Clean" water can quickly become gray or even black water depending on the contaminants it comes in contact with and how long it sits. Water needs to be removed quickly and the items it comes in contact must be completely dried. Just because there is no visible water does not mean that sub-flooring, baseboards or wallboard are dry. Water can seep into these spaces and be absorbed creating the perfect environment for mold.

Category 2 or "gray" water is clean water that has contaminants in it at the time of the spill like a washing machine overflow, toilet overflow, dishwasher leak etc. Gray water carries an additional risk. The contaminants, soap, urine, food particles, soil etc. can create health issues if ingested. Because gray water has a "head start" it can quickly become black water, which can cause serious health risks. Cleaning gray or black water requires knowledge of approved procedures to ensure a safe cleanup.

Category 3 or "black" water should be cleaned by a professional. This is water that originates as sewage such as toilet backups that include human waste. Additionally, wind driven water or water from river floods or tide surges are also included in this class. Black water can carry any number of dangerous bacteria and even viruses.

The key to minimizing damage, and therefore the expense of removal, is prompt response. That's why Fort Lauderdale's leading water damage mitigation company, All Florida Restoration Pros operates an emergency dispatch center 24/7. Water damage never happens when it's convenient. When it happens to you, don't hesitate to call us regardless of the time or day of the week. We can have a professional crew at your door inside an hour of your call.    

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