Water Damage Restoration 101 – Understanding the Different Kinds of Water Damage

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At APR Restoration, we know water damage in the home can be alarming. All water damage restoration needs to be urgently addressed, but it is important to understand that there are different kinds of water and severity of damage. 


Clean Water

Clean water damage is defined as a water damage that “originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose a substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure.” You can expect this classification of water from sources like a water supply line, rain, toilet tanks, and ice or snow. While this water is typically considered to be clean, you can still expect damage to your home or business. Residual water can still deteriorate the structure or cause the growth of mold, though the water itself does not expose you to an immediate health risk. If you act immediately after your property has been exposed to clean water and call a professional like APR Restoration, you may be able to prevent further permanent damage to the property.


Gray Water

Gray water, unlike clean water, may contain contaminants and can also come from a variety of sources. If you have a leak from your dishwasher or washing machine, a toilet overflow, water beds that leak or are punctured, or a damaged aquarium as examples, this water poses an elevated immediate health risk. This water is defined as water that “contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans.” If you suspect your home or business has been exposed to this kind of water, it is important to immediately contact a professional like APR Restoration who can effectively remove the contaminated water from your property, including hard to remediate areas like carpeting.


Black Water

Black water, also known by the names grossly contaminated water and category 3 water, is defined as “grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents and can cause significant adverse reactions to humans if contacted or consumed.” Your property may have been exposed to this kind of water if it originated from a source of sewage, waste line backflows, seawater, rain from tropical storms or hurricanes, or a flooding river/stream. This water can pose immediate health risks to anyone exposed to it. A professional like APR Restoration is needed in this case so they can find all the affected areas and remove those items from the home. This may include walls, carpeting, flooring, insulation, and furniture. This type of water damage must be taken care of as soon as possible, as it is not just a matter of water damage, but immediate risk to those around the exposed areas.


Time To Contact APR Restoration

When you know, or suspect, your home or business has been exposed to any kind of water damage, contact APR Restoration as soon as possible so our professional team can use their expertise to ensure your property doesn’t incur unnecessary and possibly irreversible damage!

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