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How to deal with water damage in my home

Yeah, I have a leak….so what?

How to deal with water damage in my home

The kitchen sink dribbles when you turn it off, and your shower faucet does not seem to shut off all the way. No big deal, right? WRONG! A constantly leaking pipe or loose valve is a warning. It means that something is going to break. Maybe it will not be today or tomorrow, and that is a problem too. It is going to explode in a spray of water all over your home and you do not know when it will happen. Never ignore a leak, no matter how small. Just a bit of TLC and preventative repair will save you time and money, and prevent serious damage to your beloved home…

Forewarning signs of Water Damage

Every home will suffer from some form of water damage. Water is a beautiful yet formidable force of nature. Damage can come from a number of water sources. While Flooding and freezing are the foremost causes of water damage, but there are other reasons. Your house can settle due to a crack in the foundation or walls, and this can cause pipes to sift. Shifting pies will be forced loose, and voila-! You have a leak! Pipes forgotten in cabinets and walls can become Rusty or cracked and begin to leak. A freeze can cause fittings to expand and become loose; these damaged fittings will ultimately give way under pressure resulting in flooding. All these warning signs can result in problems that can leave you with disaster in your home and a hole in your wallet!

Three degrees OF waste water

When your water supply becomes a leak or flood, that water is now compromised and is considered “waste “water. There are a number of problems with wastewater besides the obvious damage to your expensive home and precious belongings. Wastewater is classified in three basic categories. Each level indicates a rise in severity and danger to you and your family.

Category One- This water is from a clean, safe source. It poses no health threat to people who are exposed to it.

Category Two – This water is not safe to use for any thing around your home, but is probably safe to met or drain on the ground. The name “Gray water” is indicative of the water’s cloudy, grimy look. Grey water is the waste that comes from, sink drains, washing machines, and showers. While it is usually safe to come in contact with, if left sitting, it will become stagnant and CAN breed dangerous microorganisms that are harmful.

Category Three – This water is called is “black water” because it is dangerous. This wastewater received its ominous name because of the dangerous contaminates in it. This water usually contains some type of sewage, and you should never let your family or animals come in contact with it. This water can poison animals and land, and cause massive damage to your home.

Four main types OF WATER damage

Class One – you found a leak, but there is minimum damage, and you can fix it.

Class two– This is probably a ruptured pipe, or broken line that has caused moderate flooding. A problem of this type is not for the Beginner repair person.

Class Three– This is not a simple fix. This damage is a result of a major busted pipe. Damage of this short requires the expertise of a reliable professional.

Class Four– This is the most catastrophic form of water damage. Damage of this caliber requires a specialist versed in water removal and water damage restoration.

Preventative maintenance is the most practical remedy to water damage problems. A planned maintenance schedule will keep your beautiful home in tiptop shape. Routine maintenance will allow you to spot possible problems, and contact a professional if necessary.

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