Farmington Utah Water Damage Restoration
Water damage is a serious problem that shouldn’t be ignored for even the briefest of moments. It poses a risk for the home and for the health of the people who live there. Porous materials absorb the water and then quickly degrade. Bacteria can live in the water and are then spread through the air and inhaled by the homeowners.
The longer water damage is ignored, the more severe the problem becomes. It continually damages the foundation of the home over time. It also leads to the growth of various types of mold. Some forms of mold can have serious consequences on the homeowners. There’s also the additional cost and work of having the mold removed from the property.
Here is some more information on water damage, the risks it carries, and our process of removing it from the home.
The Three Categories Of Water Damage
The IICRC Standard and Reference Guide has laid out three distinct categories of water damage. No water damage should ever be ignored, but knowing what category your water damage falls under can help provide a clearer image as to how important it is to contact our Farmington Utah water damage restoration company. Each category is considered more severe than the last.
The first category is referred to as “clean water”. This type of water doesn’t pose a threat to human health directly. However, it still poses a serious threat to the building itself. It can also lead to the growth of mold and other microorganisms. It may also mix with soil and pollutants over time to progress to the second category.
Type one water damage is usually a result of plumbing problems in the home. For example, it may come from a tub overflow or a burst pipe. Reacting and contacting professionals while the water damage is still in this first category and before it has caused damage to the home’s foundation is the best possible course of action.
The second category is labeled “grey water”. This is water with a high degree of pollutants, whether chemical, physical, or even biological. Microorganisms are likely already growing and spreading through the water.
Grey water often comes from sources inside the house as well. Toilet bowl water and damaged sump pumps are both sources of type two water damage. You should react immediately and contact our Farmington Utah water damage restoration company.
Not only does this type of water pose a threat to the home, but it could also threaten the wellbeing of pets and people living inside the home. If left alone for a period of time this can increase in severity to category three water damage.
The final category of water damage is the most severe and is named “black water”. It is extremely unsanitary and poses the greatest risk to human health. It is host to a variety of microorganisms, including molds, bacteria, and possibly parasites. The water could quickly lead to human sickness without even being ingested. At the same time, it’s also seeping into other areas of the home and damaging the building materials.
This type of water damage tends to come from outside of the home. Storms that cause streams, rivers, or seawater to flood the house. It may also come from rising groundwater or from broken sewage pipes beneath the home.
Our Farmington Utah water damage restoration company has a very strict procedure for dealing with various types of water damage. How you react and how quickly you react will make all of the difference. Our trained professionals have dealt with all three categories of water damage in a multitude of different homes and businesses. Over time, our process has been refined and then improved with the latest and greatest equipment.
Let’s take a brief look at the process of water damage restoration in a typical residential home.
The Steps Behind Water Damage Restoration
We have water damage restoration nailed down to a science. It all begins with an in depth inspection and analysis of the situation. We inspect the entirety of the property for any signs of water damage. At the same time, we look for the source of the water damage and find a way to stop it either permanently or temporary. The restoration process can’t begin until the source of the water is firmly under control.
The next step is to identify the category of the water damage. It will fall in one of the three categories mentioned above. The category of the water damage will determine what measures must be taken for cleaning, sanitizing, and general safety of the workers.
Depending on the severity of the damage you may be required to leave the home for the duration of the restoration process. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to stay in hotels, with friends, or other temporary residences while the water is removed and the home is restored to its original condition.
The next step is to begin extracting any water from the home that still remains. The water removal process should begin as soon as possible because the longer it remains, the more damage is done. High quality tools and equipment, such as pumps, infrared cameras, and industrial vacuums are used to locate hidden water and ensure it is all removed.
After all standing sources of water are removed the house must be completely dried. It may appear dry visually, but closer inspection will show that porous materials like carpets and sheetrock have retained much of the water. Some of these materials may need to be completely removed and replaced. Others can be effectively dried.
The final stages are cleaning, sanitizing, and restoring the home. Cleaning can include anything contaminated by the water. Once items are cleaned and sanitized the damaged building materials are restored. Your home is once again in working order and you can return to living in a clean, safe home.
Whether a burst pipe or a flooded basement, you should react to all water damage accordingly. Your first step should be to contact our Farmington Utah water damage restoration company. We can coach you through the process of discussing the matter with your insurance agency to ensure the entirety of your claim is covered.