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Understanding 3 Types of Water Damage Categories

Water Damage is a serious and common problem in any business or homestead. If you experience water damage from an accidentally broken pipe, flood, or fire, you want to ensure your property’s integrity is maintained. Preventing and managing water damage from becoming a costly problem starts with understanding the different categories of water damage.

It can be important to not just clean up after an event like that but also to know how to prepare for the future. This blog post intends to provide information about the three common water damage categories and help you know what type of restoration service to hire.

Water Damage Categories

There are three water damage categories. Below, we discuss each of the three categories, including common causes, and recommended steps to take to restore damage sustained:

1. Clean Water Damage

A large amount of damage is caused by emptying the dishwasher, washing the dishes, draining the washing machine, and running the shower, just a few examples. This type of damage is normally easily fixed.

To properly repair this type of damage, you will need to remove all dirty water, remove any clutter that could have fallen into the water source and look for any signs of corrosion (such as rust on pipes or electrical wiring).

2. Grey Water Damage

Grey water is less severe than black water in terms of the damage it can inflict on your home. Grey water damage involves things such as bathroom flooding or laundry overflow. You should hire a professional to fix this type of damage, as you may not be fully aware of the extent of damage and how extensive repairs need to be.

3. Black Water Damage

Black water causes the most damage to your home and is the most severe type of water damage. Black water normally refers to flooding caused by a broken or burst pipe but can also include standing water (for example, in a basement). You should hire a professional for services if you experience black water damage.

The Bottom Line

You can easily assess the severity of water damage based on the type of water. Water damage can cause a lot of damage to your home, and if not handled properly, it can be expensive to fix. If you experience significant water damage, hire a professional to fix it to ensure you will receive a quality service. If you experience more minor damage issues, it would be good to hire a plumbing technician.

No matter what category of water damage your home has sustained, you can count on U&S Companies. We provide water damage restoration in Michigan for residential and commercial properties. Give us a call at 248-588-0675 to get started.

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