Water damage can strike at any time, and often without warning. From weather, to appliance malfunctions, to bathroom fixtures, there are numerous ways you can find your home threatened by unwanted water. Once the water has found its way in, it’s important to know the cleanliness of the water you’re dealing with. Below we’ll discuss the different ways damage tends to occur, and review water hazard categories to stay safe around water damage emergencies.
Potential Sources of Water Damage in Your Home
Rain, thunderstorms, and flooding tend to be the biggest weather related water damage. During the summer months, from May through September, many areas tend to see the highest amount of thunderstorms and accompanying heavy rains. The water damage can range from leaks in the roof leading to small water spots, all the way up to full blown floods that leave your entire home under water.
Like anything, appliances aren’t perfect. They may work great for a long period of time, right up until they don’t. Dishwashers or garbage disposals may get clogged from food, leaving water all over your kitchen floor. Washing machines can overflow or have water hoses that aren’t sealed properly, giving your floor an unwelcome sudsy bath. Any appliance that is connected to a water source has the potential to cause water damage in your home.
With all the plumbing and water flow in bathrooms, it’s no surprise they can be prone to water damage. Pipes under the sink and in the walls can leak or burst, especially in older houses. Toilets can backup and overflow. Particularly when a septic tank is involved, systems can overflow if not maintained properly. Walls around the tub and shower can also become damaged from water exposure.
Types of Water and Hazard Levels
Category 1 (previously called White Water)
This source of water comes from a clean and sanitary source and is considered to pose no substantial threat to people. Sources might include faucets, toilet tanks, etc.
Category 2 (previously called Gray Water)
This source of water is considered to have contaminates likely to cause illness and discomfort if ingested. Sources might include dishwasher or washing machine overflows, sink drain flushes, and toilet overflow with urine but no feces.
Category 3 (previously called Black Water)
This source of water is extremely unsanitary and may cause severe illness or death if ingested. Sources include flooding from rivers or streams, sewer or septic backup, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant water that has begun to collect bacteria. This category is the most important to pay attention to when trying to stay safe around water damage.
When a water emergency does happen, we are here to help!
With the numerous potential sources of water damage, it’s usually only a matter of time until you experience an unwanted water incident of your own. When water disaster strikes, make sure to protect your loved ones first, especially if you’re dealing with Category 2 or 3 water. If you’re facing an emergency situation, Water Extraction Experts is available 24 hours a day to help. We can assess the situation, repair any water damage, and get your home back to normal again.
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