What are the categories of water damage to look out for in my home?

categories of water damage to watch for in my home

Remediating the aftermath of water damage can be quite the struggle. Immediate steps are necessary to save your home, limit the extent of the damage, lower the health risks for your family and prevent secondary damage from occurring. Flood damage, leaky pipes, storms and sewer backups can all cause water damage, and yet, no two situations are alike. With their understanding of the different categories of water damage, your water damage restoration company is able to proceed with relevant best practices and get your home back to normal.

When it comes to water damage in your Ottawa home, you could potentially see the following categories:

  • Category 1 (Clean Water) – Consider the times that your bathroom sink overflowed or you had a broken water line under your kitchen sink. These are examples of clean water damage because the source is sanitary. It may spoil your carpet, flooring, walls, furniture, and other items but in most cases, the material can be salvaged. 
  • Category 2 (Grey Water) – This category includes water from your overflowing/discharging washing machine, dishwasher, or toilet (which may contain urine but no feces). It’s dirty and may be contaminated. You may become ill or feel extreme discomfort if the water is ingested.
  • Category 3 (Black Water) – The worst of the three categories – black water will cause severe illness or even death if ingested because it is so unsanitary. The common sources include sewer backup (containing urine, feces and possibly dangerous chemicals or medical waste), flooding from outside your home, and even standing water with microbial growth

Besides the structural damage your home and possessions may suffer, your family’s and your own health is also at risk when any category of water overflows its boundaries or floods your Ottawa home. For example, mold can affect individuals who suffer from asthma or other respiratory disorders. Keep in mind that mold can develop within 72 hours after flood damage, so timely flood damage restoration is critical. When you experience water damage, don’t delay in reaching out for help from Go Pro Restoration Inc.  We have the knowledge and expertise to assess the situation and offer water damage restoration solutions in Ottawa to rid you of the mess and keep your family safe.