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Water damage is very unexpected and not always easy to spot. It’s often difficult to determine the extent of the damage without the proper tools of the trade. Some of the more common types of water damage occur from faulty plumbing, a damaged roof and malfunctioning appliances. The most important water damage rule to follow is to stop the source and dry out all materials that have been affected by it. This will prevent secondary water damage, such as mold, from occurring in your home.
Mitigating damages is a priority if you have suffered any of the following causes of water damage:
Leaks from malfunctioning appliances, HVAC units and water heaters
Overflowing sinks, bathtubs, showers and toilets
Damages caused by hurricanes, tornadoes and thunderstorms
Flooding from rising water and storm surges
Backup from sewer lines
Water damage from firefighting efforts
Based on the source of water, the length of time the water has been dwelling, the temperature and pre-existing conditions, there are three categories that determine how contaminated water is according to IICRC standards.
Water from a clean source that does not present a large risk for causing sickness or discomfort. Some examples include: broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows with no contaminants, and supply lines from appliances.
Water that has a significant degree of chemical, biological and/or physical contamination. Category 2 water has the potential to cause sickness or discomfort and should not be allowed to dwell for an extended period of time. Some examples include: aquarium leaks, waterbed leaks, toilet bowl overflows, dishwasher and washing machine discharges.
Water intrusion that results from a grossly unsanitary source or carries pathogenic (disease causing) agents. Some examples include: discharge from toilets that originate from beyond the toilet trap (sewer or septic system backups), and intrusions from the surface of ground water (flood waters).
With JD Restorations, you can trust that your home or business will be in good hands, and that we’ll help you restore peace of mind after chaos. That’s why we have a proven four-step process to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible:
Whenever a disaster occurs, no matter how big or small, these helpful tips should help you take control of the situation:
Make sure you and your family are safe from any potential hazards.
Collect all pertinent documents and personal belongings in the event that you must evacuate.
Know where to shut off water valves to prevent further leakage.
Avoid contact with potentially unsanitary water.