What you need to know about water damage

A Homeowner’s Guide to Water Damage Restoration

Water damage in your home is never ideal. Whether it’s a small amount of damage caused by a leaky pipe or something bigger, there’s always more to deal with than you expect. Knowledge is key in fighting any household disaster. If you understand the types of water damages you’re facing and their hidden dangers, then you can swiftly and efficiently restore them. Being a homeowner means that if your home is suffering from water damage, then you need to know how to have it restored.

Types of Water Damage

Depending on the type of damage you have, you may need different methods to restore it. There are three types of water damage your home could sustain.

The best-case scenario is whitewater damages. Whitewater is ideal because it’s as close to pure water as you can get. There’s less chance of injury or disease as there is no hazardous material to be found. Whitewater often comes from leaky or burst pipes and is the easiest to clean and restore.

If you have an overflowing toilet or a small flood, you could be looking at graywater damages. Graywater is a little more dangerous to deal with than whitewater, as it can contain hazardous materials. It’s important to wear the proper safety equipment when handling it, and it is often best to let the professionals handle the restorations.

Sometimes your home can suffer from blackwater damages. Blackwater gets its name from its dark color and murky appearance. Its most common sources are large floods and sewage backups. Blackwater is extremely hazardous and should only be handled by professionals.

Dangers of Water Damages

All three types of water can cause more danger than you’d expect. Yes, your home will need to be aired out and the obvious signs of water damage removed. But there are also hidden damages you need to worry about. A home inspector from your restoration company will be able to identify any of these issues.

Water damage can cause electrical shortages and other problems if water drips onto wires or seeps into outlets. It can also cause structural integrity concerns if the water is left sitting on your home’s supports for too long. Water damages are also the number-one cause of mold growth in homes. Mold is a highly toxic spore that can create serious health and safety issues in your home.

Dealing with water damage quickly and efficiently is key when restoring your home. That’s what we provide at HS Restoration. Our team of highly trained technicians is available 24/7 to respond to any emergency water situation. If you experienced damage caused by any type of water, call us right away at 609-614-3271. We’ll handle your restoration quickly, efficiently, and – most importantly – safely.