Restoration Local Offers Tips On Identifying Water Damage Problems

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The type of water involved in any water damage scenario will largely dictate how that problem is addressed. A water restoration professional explains.

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Knowing what type of water is involved dictates the manner of remediation and restoration that should be performed.

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to identify the type of water damage they may be experiencing. Knowing what type of water is involved dictates the manner of remediation and restoration that should be performed.

There are three basic types of water that can damage a home or business:

Category 1 Water - Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and classified as "Clean Water." Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.

Category 2 Water - Refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when exposed or even consumed. Known as "Grey Water." This type carries micro organisms and nutrients of micro organisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 Water - Known as "Black Water" and are grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category are contaminated water sources that affect the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water. Category 2 Water or Grey Water that is not promptly removed from the structure and or have remained stagnant for 48–72 hours may be re classified as Category 3 Water. Toilet back flows that originate from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water contamination regardless of visible content or color.

While smaller Category 1 spills may be successfully remediated by the property owner, any spill of considerable size and those involving Category 2 or 3 water will require the services of a water damage restoration professional. Industry certified companies have the experience and training that allow them to remove the water from the property and make all necessary structural repairs and restoration to the home or business, with minimal interruption to family life or business activities.

Based in Cleveland OH, is one of the leading water damage restoration companies in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed. More information on water damage prevention and treatment can be found at their website.

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