As suggested by experts, when it comes to water damage, the first 24 to 48 hours are critical for the prevention of permanent damage and the growth of toxic microbes such as mold and bacteria.
Oh, by the way, did you know that around 40% of homeowners in the U.S. have incurred losses caused by water damage?
Most of these problems are caused by what is called clean water or Category 1 water.
This kind of damage is caused by broken pipes, faulty plumbing, overflowing sink, or rainwater, that is left untreated for more than 48 hours, the situation will expose you to different contaminants which can turn it into the category 2 water damage.
The second category, also known as greywater, is caused by equipment discharges or chemical wastes like detergent, laundry, and soap.
This kind of water damage category, is a biological hazard, that usually escalates to mild or even severe contamination. Furthermore, this category normally causes microbial growth and the severity of the condition usually escalates as time goes by. Exposure to greywater is dangerous to your health, your family and neighbours health, your property as well as the environment.
Moving on further, there is Category 3 water otherwise called blackwater,
The Black Water is normally from the sewers, or water containing grease, oil, urine, etc. This water type holds tons of bacteria, viruses, and other toxic allergens, which makes it contagious.
Did you know! The likelihood of getting an infection when exposed either directly or indirectly to black water is more than 90%?
That's why it highly essential to exercise special caution when dealing with black water.
How Water Damage Ruins Everything
Water damage can ruin everything from your furniture and carpets to your electrical wiring, and if submerged for an extended period of time it can cause serious damage to important personal staff such as documents, your household belongings such as furnitures, and even your entire house. Generally, any water damage should never be left unrepaired.
Because, even a little water damage will inevitably compound over time and cause major issues such as warped floors, damaged walls, and mold growth.
Moreover, it can cause environmental pollution and waterborne diseases affecting your precious family members as well as your neighbors.
That’s why water damage restoration services are so important. WE at DKI, believe that it’s not just about stopping the immediate damage. It’s about prevention since "Prevention is better than cure".