water damage

It makes a difference on the water source and how log the water has been in contact with organic materials like the drywall and wood in your house.

Just to confuse the insured (you) the water restoration industry in conjunction with the insurance industry have derived a way to categorize a water loss Not in terms of the level of damage you have incurred  but by the nature of the loss in terms the source of the water and the duration things have been wet.

Did you know some of the most polluted earth is the ground that surrounds your home ?  Think about it all night long insects and rodents are patrolling looking for a way in and they are not being discrete on bodily functions. Add to that the exterminator or you spraying years of chemicals to combat the insects and rodents, let alone fertilizers to help plants grow and the plant material that has died and is in the process of decomposition (also know as mulch), and I don’t even want to think about the soil amendments we use to help our lawns of plants grow that contain manure.

If water was to pass over this earth and enter your home who knows what bacteria could be present, and if that water came in contact with your favorite upholstered chair or carpet do you really want to keep them now ?  You may want a professional who has all their shots up to date to do the clean up.

This water is known as “black water” or as the industry categorizes it Category 3. Other sources of Cat 3 flooding from sea water, lakes, streams, and toilet over flow.

I should note that even Cat 1 water can become Cat 3 over time is its in contact with organic materials such as the wood structure of your house, the paper on the front and back of drywall, and wood floors, furniture, doors etc.

Category 2 losses come from “gray water” sources such as a washing machine or dishwasher,  leaking aquariums, discharge or flooding from a and toilet overflows that do not contain any solid matter feces.  The hot water sources will speed the growth of bacteria and pathogens so a Cat 2 can become a Cat 3 quickly. In fact a Cat 2 loss that is not treated within 48 hours should be treated as a Catgory 3.  Sorry to those 3 day weekend vacationers that come home Monday night to find their hot water heater broke over the week end.

If your water source is “clean” water from a sink or bathtub over flow, hot water heater, broken pipes or burst washing machine hose, AND clean up is done quickly most of your damaged property can be salvaged. This type of loss is Categorized as a Category 1 loss.

Using professional equipment to dehumidify and using professional air-movers to drive massive amounts of warm, dry air over wet surfaces and walls helps to prevent mold growth and to dry walls, ceilings, flooring, carpets and other items in hours or several days rather than the weeks upon weeks that natural drying would take.

Final note: The classification of any water damage loss at a disaster scene should to be done by a disaster recovery professional that has professional tools to find and quantify hidden moisture in the entire effected structure, and to assess the health risks associated with a loss and how your possession may have been contaminated.

water damage