Water can be an incredibly destructive force in commercial and residential buildings. In fact, a 2011 ACE Insurance Underwriters report found that over a three-year span, water damage led to 9.1 billion dollars in homeowner losses alone. Whether you are dealing with leaky pipes, hose ruptures, floodwater, or sewage backup, the potential for property damage is high. Therefore, swift action is critical.
Sometimes water damage is quite obvious; if your basement is flooded or water is gushing from an area, it is noticeable and undoubtedly problematic. At other times, however, water damage is much slower and less perceptible. Five common signs of water damage include:
Whether water is pouring into a building in a torrent or subtly seeping in, it can cause major property damage. You must work swiftly to find the source of the leak and stop the flow. It is also necessary to get rid of the stagnant water and dry the area so you can avoid further property damage and stave off the growth of mold and mildew (which begins to grow within 24-48 hours). This can be a complicated process because sources of water leakage fall into three categories. Category 1 water is relatively clean and does not pose much of a threat to humans. It usually comes from broken water supply lines. Category 2 water spills, or “gray water,” can cause illness in humans because it contains contaminants. Sources of this type of standing spillage include dishwasher and washing machine overflows and toilet overflows when urine is present. Category 3 water, also known as “black water,” is the most dangerous. If humans ingest it, they could suffer from severe illness or even death. Blackwater sources include river and stream flooding, sewage backup, and stagnant water that contains bacterial growth.
Professional restoration companies such as ASR understand the differences between the water categories and are able to get rid of the water in the safest possible way. They have the equipment and knowledge necessary to assess the full extent of the damage, quickly rid your home of excess water and thoroughly dry materials. Such measures can prevent further property loss. Furthermore, in some cases, the ASR restoration team may be able to salvage your water-damaged materials, including electronics and valuable documents. If you have a water-related emergency, contact the ASR Restoration Division for immediate assistance.