Have you ever had to deal with water damage in your home? If not, you are lucky. Every year, Baltimore residents face water damage problems due to the regions varying seasons. Spring and summer bring with them abundant rainfall, which can lead to flash flooding and leaky roofs, while our winters are known for their frigid temperatures and tremendous snowfall, which leads to ice dams, frozen pipes, and freeze-thaw damage. And then there are internal factors, such as leaky appliances or burst pipes. Needless to say, your home is always at risk for water damage, so it is important to know what to look for and how to handle water intrusion.
The Varying Categories of Water Damage
Water damage is classified into three basic categories: clean water, grey water and black water. Each is progressively more harmful than the last.
- Clean Water damage comes from water that is uncontaminated from harmful toxins or chemicals. This type of water damage is fairly harmless, but should be professionally dealt with in a timely manner.
- Grey Water typically comes from broken or leaky appliance. This type of water damage can cause mild contamination to unwanted areas, requiring professional cleaning to remove any bacteria.
- Black Water is the most dangerous of the three. It has come into contact with human or animal waste, or it is flood water from a river, stream or ocean. Any area that has come into contact with black water will need to be professionally cleaned and sanitized.
Baltimore Water Damage Restoration
When water damage strikes, it is important to act fast. That is why ServiceMaster of Baltimore offers 24/7 emergency restoration services. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As an IICRC Certified company, our technicians are trained to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth, contain damage, remove contamination, and dry structural materials in an effort to reduce your loss and preserve your property.
Hopefully you have found our blog, “The Varying Categories of Water Damage that plague Baltimore Homeowners,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful home improvement tips.