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What You Need To Know About Water Damage Restoration

By George Archer

People who live in areas with frequent floods are not the only ones who need to know about water damage restoration. Everyone should be prepared to take care of water damage since your house can be damaged by burst pipes, hoses, overflowing sinks and even humidity. Water damage isn’t always life threatening but it can often have adverse effects to health, so it’s important to clean and dry damaged areas of your home as quickly as possible.

If you have wood in your homes, structurally or in furniture, water can be very detrimental as it can rot the wood. Wood also catches bacteria easily so water damage to it should be considered a real problem. Water can also rust steel and metal, much of which is in the foundations of home. And of course, photos, books and paper can all be ruined by water.

The health risks are also serious. You may have what’s classified as black water in your home, this means there’s a significant amount of fungi and bacteria in the water which can lead to potentially deadly illnesses such as tuberculosis and pneumonia. This is often the case with seawater, sewage water and contaminated river water.

Less severe classifications of water damage are clean and gray water. Clean water damage is the least threatening and is not contaminated. It can refer to overflow from a tub or sink, or a leaking appliance, for example. The water may be sanitary, but it can still damage the house and furniture, so the compromised area should be dried quickly.

Another classification is gray water, which is slightly more serious than clean. This type of water has some contaminants which could lead to sickness, but is not highly contaminated like black water. While you shouldn’t have trouble cleaning up clean water, if you think you may have gray or black water it’s important to call your water bureau or environmental protection agency to have your home investigated. Otherwise you may be living in a contaminated area that can make you and your family ill.

After floods particularly, drinking contaminated water is a mistake many people make. Even if you’re not sure the extent of contamination, it’s best to play it safe and boil all drinking water, or have it filtered through a water purification system.

Any wood items that are severely damaged by water should be discarded, since mold can quickly collect there. Be sure to wash all dishes in hot water and dry them. The faster you dry your walls, furniture and floors, the less likely mold and bacteria will be to keep growing.

Water damage can be a very serious threat so people should all be prepared, know the risks, and know how to minimize them. By having items such as dehumidifiers, vapor steam cleaners, rubber gloves, boots and masks already in your house, you will be ready to clean and dry areas of your house damaged by water at any time.

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Archer, George "What You Need To Know About Water Damage Restoration." What You Need To Know About Water Damage Restoration. 3 Jul. 2010. 30 Dec 2014 <>.

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