Water Damage Mitigationcobaadmin2020-06-11T14:55:40-06:00
Water Damage Mitigation
When your property falls victim to water damage, timing is critical. When you have an emergency, CleanMaster Services promptly dispatches IICRC certified mitigation technicians anytime, day or night, to safely secure your property and help minimize the impact to your home and business. Water moves fast, so do we.
Before appropriate water mitigation begins, it’s very important to determine the classification of water involved. There are 3 different types of water that cause property damage and each type requires potentially different methods of mitigation.
Clean water– this source type (or category 1) applies to water that does not contain outside contaminants. Sources may include broken water lines, toilet tanks, snow melt and rainwater. When damage from clean water is promptly mitigated it poses very little health risk, but over time (approximately 48 hours) certain contact with building surfaces and outside contaminants, clean water can progress to category 2, or gray water.
Gray water– This source (or category 2) applies to water that may pose some health risks as it contains biological or chemical contamination. Sources may include discharges from dishwashers, washing machines, sinks/showers and aquariums. Again, if this type of damage is not immediately mitigated, gray water can progress to category 3, or black water.
Black water– This category 3 source applies to water that is a health risk. Sources of black water presumably contain multiple potentially harmful contaminants. These sources may include mud/floodwaters (containing soil) and water which may have come in contact with sewage. Considered pathogenic to humans, raw sewage is contaminated with microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, fungi/molds and various viruses. Exposure to certain black water may cause dangerous diseases, including Cholera, Typhoid, Hepatitis, and gastroenteritis related illnesses. Contamination and property damage caused by this category 3 water source (black water) should be taken seriously and professional mitigation efforts should be taken.
If left unresolved, even a small amount of water damage can develop mold spores in 24-48 hours, which can be effectively eradicated when promptly treated. In certain conditions, advanced mold colonization occurs in 3- 12 days.
If you know or suspect that you have water damage, call CleanMaster Services so we can help you avoid costly and dangerous mold colonization.
The level of damage and loss always differs because no two properties are identical or affected the same. CleanMaster Services will communicate directly with your insurance carrier if needed and walk you through every step before any work is performed. We want you to be informed about your coverage and understand your restoration options.
Water moves fast so time is critical. While towels, wet/dry vacuums and house fans are useful to clean up noticeable moisture, those items are not able to extract moisture from drywall, wood, wall coverings, flooring, furniture and electronic appliances. Our IICRC certified technicians have a variety of specialized drying equipment used to extract water, measure and monitor moisture, and cleaning agents designed to prevent bacteria and mold growth.