One of the most tragic events that a household can experience is water damage. It is a problem that homeowners wish they can’t experience, who doesn’t dread water getting into their homes right? During storms, snow or heavy rain, there’s a big chance that water damage increases too. Water damage can cause great destruction and thousand dollars’ worth of upholstery, furniture, appliances and other equipment.  

Water Damage

Baldwin County water damage restoration is a costly project, but it has proven to be effective. You shouldn’t risk any more dangers and hazards to worsen because you don’t want to spend too much on such project. There are many effects of water damage you should be aware so you can prepare in the future.  

Causes of Water Damage 

Aside from natural causes like floods and storms, there are also other causes like clogged toilets, leaky dishwashers, overflowing washing machines, broken pipes, foundation cracks, plumbing leaks and many more that cause water damage in businesses and homes. Too much water will lead to minor problems like flooding in the basement areas or even worse destruction of businesses and homes. After water damage, it is essential to start the cleanup to avoid the possible increase of water-soaked items. However, if the water is already black or if the flood is worse, let the professional take care of it.  

Categories of Water Damage 

A water damage restoration has categories. Assessing the situation first is important so one would know what actions to take and how to start the water damage repair. The Category 1 of the water damage is when the water is still clean and doesn’t pose any hazards to human being. Most causes of this are sink overflows or broken appliances. Category 2 is when the water is already gray.  

The water is already contaminated and might cause health hazards to people. Some of the causes are broken sump pumps, broken toilets and seepage. The worst category is Category 3, known as the black water. When you experience this; call a professional right away. The water already has organisms and bacteria that are really dangerous to your health. Possible causes are water back flow and flooding.  

Aside from the categories, there are also classes of water damage. This is important while assessing the damage and the options you have. Class 1 is least harmful and repair is easy to do. Class 2 means evaporation is at fast rate and restoration is difficult. Class 3 is when the evaporation rate is faster. Class 4 will require a professional help.  

Health Hazards 

Water damage imposes a lot of health hazards, especially if it’s already on Categories 2 and 3. Professional care is needed because of the hazards you might get if you will do it on your own. The moisture promotes the growth of mold and mildew, bacteria and other organisms. This growth will aggravate asthma and allergies, and your exposure to them will increase the risk of respiratory diseases. It is important to immediately call a water damage restoration company.