There are three different types of water damage, each with a varying degree of severity. Below are the types and what they mean.
Clean Water Damage
Clean water damage involves water which is not contaminated in any way, and is safe to work with. An example of this occurrence would be water from a broken pipe or a leaking appliance. Rain water from a leaky roof can also be “clean”. Although the water is clean, it still must be removed within 24 hours to avoid mold growth. Contact First Call Restoration for removal assistance.
Gray Water Damage
Gray water damage is slightly contaminated, and thus dangerous to work with. It can cause a person to become uncomfortable or even ill. If clean water is left for too long, it can become gray water. Any type of water that is “used” water is considered gray because it is no longer pure. Precautions should be taken when cleaning up gray water; gloves and boots should be worn to protect against microbes. However the best option is to contact First Call Restoration to remove the water for you.
Black Water Damage
Black water is highly contaminated. It can contain fungi, bacteria, chemicals, or pesticides. Black water is usually a result of some kind of natural disaster, or sewage damage. The contamination in black water is extremely dangerous – it can cause sickness, and in some cases, even death. Black water should always be handled by a professional. If you have black water in your home, contact First Call Restoration immediately and we will promptly remove it.