All water damage is not the same. At Aqua Restoration in Northern Colorado, we specialize in water damage remediation and cleanup, helping home and commercial property owners around the area to have peace of mind their house or business is dry, safe, and thoroughly cleaned after a flood.
There are three different types of water damage that can occur on any property. Understanding the three types of water damage and the importance of professional services for each option will provide the information you need when calling in the professionals at Aqua Restoration for water damage remediation.
Clean Water – Category 1
While water damage is never a good thing, clean water damage is the best of the possibilities. Clean water is sanitary water, or potable water, which means it is safe to drink.
The most common example of damage from clean water is a burst water main in the home or problems with cold or hot water flowing into the house or business.
Gray Water – Category 2
This is water that has been used in the home or business that contains some possible contaminants but does not contain any of the waste water from toilets. For example, water from the shower, dishwater, sinks, or the washing machine is considered gray water.
While there are some potential contaminants in gray water, it is not typically hazardous to health if fully remediated within a short period of time. Gray water may contain mold or other bacteria that can spread with flooding.
Black Water – Category 3
This is highly contaminated water. Backups from sewer drains, septic systems, or industrial processes that contain toxins or pathogens would fall into this category. Depending on where the flooding originated, black water will significantly increase the risk of reactions and danger with exposure.
Signs of Water Damage
Water damage can have visible and hidden signs and symptoms. Discoloration and staining on walls and ceilings, musty odors, and water spots or puddles are all common indicators of water damage. Peeling or bubbling paint and wallpaper, mold growth, and sagging or warping floors and ceilings can also signal water damage. It is important to identify these signs and symptoms promptly to prevent further damage and ensure that any necessary repairs are made.
Prevention and Treatment of Water Damage
Water damage can occur due to a variety of reasons, such as natural disasters, plumbing issues, appliance leaks, roof leaks, and poor ventilation, thus preventing water damage starts with regular inspections and maintenance. It is important to inspect plumbing fixtures, appliances, roofs, and HVAC systems regularly for any signs of leaks or damage, as prompt repairs of any leaks or damages can prevent further water damage. If water damage does occur, it is crucial to seek professional water damage restoration services to mitigate the damage and prevent further problems.
For help with any type of flooding situation in Fort Collins or Loveland, CO, call on the team at Aqua Restoration. For immediate assistance, reach out to us at 970-402-1036.