Water damage can come in all shapes and sizes. They are not all the same. With each water damage restoration job, the case may be different. This is due to the varying types of water damage that may have occurred. There are three specific kinds of water damage. They are classified into categories that progressively get worse. These varying categories can damage your Madison, Wisconsin home in different ways.
Category 1 water damage is caused by water that comes from a clean source. Some sources of this type of water damage are leaky faucets or pipes. The nice part about category 1 water damage is that it is pretty straightforward in cleaning up. The water needs to be extracted and your home needs to be dried completely. Certain materials may be damaged beyond repair due perhaps warping so they will need to be restored or replaced. Even though this category of water damage is simple, it can turn into category 2 water damage over time and become slightly more difficult to take care of.
Category 2 water damage is caused by water that contains contaminants. This could be water from dishwasher or washing machine overflows or toilet water (that isn’t contaminated by feces). This type of water damage can be dangerous and cause illness to those who come in contact with it. This type of water damage restoration job should be handled with care and by professionals. The clean-up is slightly more extensive than category 1. Water needs to be extracted, damaged materials/possessions removed, the house properly dried, and it needs to be properly disinfected. Like category 1 water damage can turn into category 2, category 2 water damage can turn into category 3 if it is not taken care of promptly and correctly.
Category 3 water damage is exactly what it sounds like. Black water just sounds gross. Likewise, black water contains very gross and vile viruses, and other harmful pathogens. Sources of category 3 water damage are floods from outside sources such as rivers or streams, sewer overflows, and category 1 or 2 that have not been properly cared for and progressively worsened to Category 3. Category 3 water damage is very harmful and is seen as a state of emergency. Call the professionals to help get this restoration job done. They have the protective equipment and specialized tools to properly remove the water and disinfect anything that may have been contaminating it. In the case of category 3 water damage, water needs to be removed and all materials that were affected need to be steam washed to make sure that they are no longer infected with the pathogens or viruses that were in the water.
There may be times when you are unsure what type of water damage you are dealing with. In these instances it is better to be safe rather than sorry. Call a professional water damage restoration team. They can help determine what type of water damage it is, and best of all help remove it and restore your home to the way it should be.