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Types of Water Damage

Water Damage

The Southeastern United States and its 52.6 inches of yearly rainfall are no strangers to flooding, and other types of moisture damage. Broken pipes, condensation, and so on are certainly nothing exceptional, either. While our winters are relatively mild compared to, say, Minneapolis, the humidity in the southeast doesn’t settle down even in mid-summer, which means the slow, condensation-based water damage is a threat all year round.

Standing Water Damage is broken into three basic kinds: white, grey, and black. Of them, white is the least dangerous, because the water involved is basically clean water and all that is needed is to dry wet materials.

Grey and black water are ‘contaminated’ and ‘polluted’, respectively — grey water is only mildly more dangerous than white water as it probably contains only dirt, dust, and other particles that are lifted from the ground in its path. Black water, on the other hand, contains sewage and other bio-hazardous materials in it. It’s safest to leave both grey and black water alone for the professionals to deal with, as these require special process to eliminate and remove bacteria, odors, and other microbes.

Slow Water Damage consists almost entirely of tiny leaks in the plumbing, condensation forming on the inside of windows, and other means by which tiny amounts of water gather. The biggest danger from slow water damage is mold, which can destroy structures and create health complications such as allergic reactions, illnesses, and breathing difficulties.

If your property has sustained water damages or infested with mold, contact ServiceMaster Restoration. We’re your mold and water damage restoration experts throughout the southeast.