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Understanding the Types of Water Damage: Tips from SERVPRO

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding the Types of Water Damage: Tips from SERVPRO Clean Water Can Quickly Turn to Gray Water

Different Types of Water Require Appropriate Types of Remediation

When water builds up in a building (or sometimes even small leaks), it's easy to panic. The causes of these leaks could be diverse; like a broken pipe, water line, sewer line, or even a leaky roof. While these sources are multifaceted, the types of water that are produced varies as well (depending on the source). While leaks are fairly common, yet each have a unique impact on people's health and well-being. This makes it more important than ever to understand how to classify different varieties of water, the potential health hazards that they might create, and how to clean up each type of water damage. Our technicians know how fast water damage can build up and ruin a house- so we take water damage very seriously.
Most Common: Clean Water 
Most of the Ridgefield water damage we see comes from clean water and other "sanitary sources" like water pipes, the water main, or even rainwater. It poses less of a hazard than other types of water damage. These types of water often look exactly like tap water. As a general rule of thumb, clear water isn't dangerous unless it's left sitting for more than 48 hours.
Less Common: Gray Water
In many circumstances gray water can be very contaminated, so it's best to proceed with caution and call our technicians. These types of water or cloudy, can have a smell, and often contain microbial growth or other toxins. These types of water come from storm drains, surface water, or water from equipment (like sump pumps).
Least Common: Black Water
Black water usually smells bad and is difficult (sometimes impossible) to see through. It could come from rivers, sewers, or backed-up water sources. Usually, this type of water contains bacteria, viruses, toxins, and other parasites that make you sick. It's often best to contact our professional services and quarantine the area until it can be properly cleaned.
Let SERVPRO Handle Your Water Damage
The most important thing to remember when it comes to water damage is to ensure that everyone is safe, and dangerous areas are sealed off to allow for adequate clean-up. Clean water can be addressed relatively quickly, whereas gray water and black water are much more difficult to thoroughly address. Often, our service professionals have to sanitize materials, apply specialized chemicals that slow the growth of bacteria or mold, and dry and restore your home. Plus, we're strategically located to take handle practically any flood damage in the nation. Give SERVPRO of South Montgomery a call when you need to handle water damage at (334) 284-1612.

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