Educational Information For Water Damage On Your Property
There is a lot more involved in water damage restoration than the average homeowner or property owner realizes. There are many factors that come into play and burst. All types of broken pipes can create very severe water damage to any home or business. Broken pipes, if not caught within a matter of minutes of the break, can leave your home or property completely saturated in water. Every pipe break presents a different scale of damages but they can lead to a single room flood to an entire house or building flood!
It is important to make sure that your pipes are well insulated during the winter time and that your pipes are replaced if necessary.
While the damages of a leaking wax ring may not sound or seem as severe as broken pipes, they can cause an extreme amount of damage. Leaking wax rings can be a hazardous source for water damage to any home or business. Leaking toilet wax rings are next to the leading cause of water damages in a home or place of business because they are often the most commonly overlooked plumbing item.
Leaking wax rings are very hard to spot if you are not looking for them, which is why they can cause a lot of damage. Typically the damages are not noticeable because the water is leaking out underneath the surface flooring and soaking into your subfloor. This can cause any number of mold growths underneath the surface. If the water soaks long enough on the subfloor, it will then begin to soak into the structure of your home, compromising the very safety of the floor you walk on.
It is very important to call a plumber the minute you notice any buckling of the floor around the toilet, cracking of tiles, lifting of vinyl or linoleum flooring or if you see mold growth around the toilet area. Once you have scheduled an appointment with a plumber, call a St Cloud Water Damage Specialist 24/7 technician out right away to assess the damages and get it dried out immediately. The sooner you call, the easier it will be for our technicians to save your floor!
Up there with broken pipes and wax rings, leaking water heaters are another very common source for water damage. They are often one of the most commonly forgotten plumbing fixtures in a home or place of business. The average homeowner or property owner simply takes for granted that their water heater is going to work every single day. The truth is though, water heaters should be replaced every 7-10 years, which is typically when the warranty expires.
There are a number of things on a water heater than can fail and rusted out bottoms. If not noticed or caught in time, like broken pipes, they can cause a lot of damage! Hot water is much more damaging to a home than fresh or cold water because the heat in the water allows for microbialand led correctly, can be dried without removal, depending on the saturation.
Wet sheetrock, unless completely saturated, can be tricky to spot, without thermal imaging cameras or moisture probes, but if you have experienced any type of water damage, as mentioned above, it is important to have an St Cloud Water Damage Specialist 24/7 certified technician assess the damage right away, before any more moisture wicking occurs!
In the water restoration industry, there are three different categories of water that our St Cloud Water Damage Specialist 24/7 technicians are required to know how to identify. The identification of the category of water, lets our technicians know how they should proceed with the dry down process.
This type of water is also referred to as “clean” water. Category 1 water originates from a sanitary water source that is untouched by a sewage source. If your home or property has been affected by Category 1 water, it is safe for our St Cloud Water Damage Specialist 24/7 technicians to dry the materials in place, if the saturation of the materials doesn’t deem them “not saveable”.
This type of water is also referred to as “gray” water. Category 2 water originates from a fresh water source but touches an unsanitary source, such as a toilet, that causes the water to become contaminated. If not treated properly, the materials that have been touched by Category 2 water, could cause sickness or discomfort of inhabitants. If your home or property has been affected by Category 2 water, it is up to our St Cloud Water Damage Specialist 24/7 technicians to determine if the materials are safe to dry in place, if the saturation of the materials doesn’t deem them “not saveable”, or if the items should be removed for sanitation purposes. If the materials are deemed safe, our technicians will treat all surfaces for microbial growth.
This type of water is also referred to as “black” water. Category 3 water originates from a sewage water source and is grossly contaminated. If not removed, the materials that have been touched by the Category 3 water, will cause sickness and discomfort of inhabitants from exposure to toxins and pathogens. If your home or property has been affected by Category 3 water, our St Cloud Water Damage Specialist 24/7 technicians must, according to IICRC regulations, remove all materials, whether or not they could be dried in place. For the safety of all parties involved, these materials must be removed and disposed of properly.