Water Damage and its Hidden Dangers
Water from broken pipes, overflowing toilets or leaky appliances can leave your home flooded, but may also leave behind unseen damage once the water is gone. Our water mitigation specialists in Bozeman, Montana understand these hidden dangers and can help protect you and your loved ones. We are here to provide you with some insight into what lies beneath the surface.
Categories of Water
Should you ever find yourself with standing water inside your home, you would be wise to consider what that water may be contaminated with and the potential dangers it poses. Water restoration and remediation professionals are experts in categorizing the type of flood water and what considerations need to be made to keep you safe long after the water is gone.
Category 1: Water that comes from a clean source, such as broken pipe or overflowing sink. This category of water is free of contaminates and considered safe if dried immediately.
Category 2: Water that contains a significant amount of chemical, biological or physical contaminants. These contaminants may cause discomfort or sickness if consumed or even exposed to. Possible sources of this “grey water” are toilet bowls with urine (no fecal matter), sump pump failures, and discharge from dish washers or washing machines.
Category 3: Also known as “black water,” this category of water is grossly contaminated with unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, and can cause severe discomfort or sickness. Contaminated water sources that can affect your home include sewage, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water. Important to note, category 2 water that is not promptly and properly removed or remained stagnant may be upgraded to category 3 water.
Because determining the category of water and the danger level it poses can be difficult, you should seek the help and expertise of professional specialists to remove the contaminated water and properly sanitize the area.
After the water is gone, days and possibly weeks later, signs of secondary damage can suddenly appear. In areas of the home that may still be damp, mold colonies may start to form and proliferate. Walls that wicked up water may begin to sag, crack and crumble. Grout surrounding ceramic tiles may disintegrate and cause the tiles to shift or become dislodged. Hardwood floors that looked undamaged at the time of loss may begin to show signs of warping and buckling. It is important to take steps immediately following a water loss to prevent these secondary damages from occurring long after your insurance company has settled your claim.
The number one thing you can do as a home or property owner is make a timely call to a water remediation and restoration professional. Should you find your home flooded in Bozeman, MT or the greater Gallatin Valley, do not delay in calling us to help minimize hidden damages and mitigate unseen hazards.