The main cause of water damage is the forceful entry of water into home building materials such as steel and wood among other materials. This intrusion of water results in the decay of the materials and finally causing water damage. However, the rate at which this process takes place depends on some factors such as the moisture content and the area of damage. A good example is when the basement sump pump has issues which lead to its failure and thus resulting in the flooding of the basement.
When it comes to water damage cleanup, some factors have to be considered, and one of these factors is the type of water involved. Water can be divided into different categories depending on the level of cleanliness and the health risks involved. The first category is safe water which is harmless to human beings, and it is considered to be clean. The second category is grey water which is contaminated and may result in sickness if exposed for some time. It may be contaminated with harmful chemicals and/or bacteria. The last category is black water which is not sanitized and may contain harmful fungi and bacteria like E.coli. This class of water damage occurs when sewage water seeps into a building or a house. If treatment is not done immediately it might result in sickness.
Water damage cleanup should always be done soonest possible because it becomes worse with time. A good example is when grey water is the cause of the damage and it is not treated in good time, it eventually becomes black water damage. Other issues associated with the delay in water damage cleanup include mold formation which poses a very high health risk. The most common signs such as discoloration of the walls at home are always ignored, and this gives ample time for the mold to grow and develop. This mostly happens in areas which lack direct sunlight and air.
It is always best to use professional services for your water damage cleanup needs to perform a safe and clean job. However, be keen to ensure that the person or company is certified so as to be assured of the best results. On the other hand, if you choose to do the job yourself, then there are a few basic steps which you should follow. Turn off any live electric current in the house and shut off all the mains too. When cleaning water damage on the walls, be gentle on it and use less force so as not to break the fragile and thin material.
Other key materials and equipment required during the water damage cleaning process include deodorizers and mold inhibitors. If the water damage is on the carpet, then you will need special disinfectants to help get rid of the bacteria. If it is raining, you can use drying equipment to blow dry any wet areas. This also applies to areas with no free flow of air and sunlight. It is also paramount to keep in mind that you can make insurance claims for the costs of the damage and cleanup.
Do you have water damage at your office building or home? The sooner you treat it, the better and cheaper it will be. On top of that, think of the risks it poses to your health.
Author: Ramsay Danny
Danny Ramsay is a licensed professional premier restoration technician for fire and water damage, mold remediation services.