Water damage can happen as a result of a flood, a burst pipe, or an overflowing toilet. After the initial damage has been cleared, make sure you know how to properly clean up the area to prevent long-term damage and health hazards. Here are 3 types of water damage that you should know about.
Floods involving clean water come from sources like a burst water supply line or a leaky roof. Just as its name suggests, clean water doesn’t contain significant contaminants like bacteria or sewage. Because the water itself is not hazardous to your health, you can often clean it up on your own without professional assistance.
Grey and Black Water
Grey water refers to water that contains significant chemical or biological contaminants. It often comes from household sources like used water from washing machines or dishwashers. Black water contains even more hazardous material and usually comes from your sewage system.
Use caution when cleaning up an area affected by grey or black water. The bacteria, chemicals, and other pathogens in the water can cause a wide variety of short-term and long-term health problems. Any household items affected by grey or black water should be washed thoroughly. If that isn’t possible, it’s safest to throw the items away.
Long-Term Water Damage
During a flood, water does not just stay on the surface of your floor. It can seep into your floors, walls, furniture, and any other belongings it touches. Unfortunately, when you clean out the area after the flood, it’s easy to miss the water that has already soaked into your belongings and the structure of your house. This moisture will begin to attract mold and bacteria, which can cause health problems and weaken the structure of your home. It’s important to realize that this can happen whether your flood was caused by clean, grey, or black water. To thoroughly dry out the affected area, professional cleanup crews use heavy-duty dehumidifiers and fans to extract the moisture.