We need water to survive. As useful and necessary as water is to us, it can also be detrimental to our health and property. When water enters a home or business, water damage almost immediately occurs. If left untreated, the damage will spread and become increasingly more dangerous. Depending on where the water came from, it could be contaminated at the time it entered the property, immediately causing a health hazard.
Category 1: water that comes from places like toilets or faucets. Usually all it takes is for some professional drying to take care of your personal belongings and carpeting. However, if it is not treated, it can quickly turn into category two.
Category 2: water that is contaminated with chemical or biological elements or water that travels through another material. This would be like your washing machine or dishwasher. This type of water damage requires additional cleaning and decontamination steps be taken to prevent illness.
Category 3: water contains significant pathogens and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Also called “black water,” Category 3 water includes sewer backups, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflows, or stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.
Water Damage Prevention
Understanding the differences in water damage is actually a great way to be motivated to prevent water damage from coming into your home in the first place. So what can you do to prevent water damage, especially to your carpeting and other flooring? Here are a few tips:
Ensure good drainage: it is really important that you make sure your draining systems are up to date and are checked regularly. This will ensure that your carpeting and other floors are protected from potential water damage.
Check on your appliances regularly: appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine get forgotten sometimes. It is important that you have a drain in your laundry room, and that you make sure the hoses are clean. This will help prevent flooding onto your floors.
Check for dark spots on pipes: this is an easy thing to look for, and these spots are usually a good indication that the pipes need to be changed out before they burst.
If you are building a home, try to slope your yard away from your home: This will ensure that any flooding that may occur from excess rain will flow away from your home. It would be a disaster to enter your home and see your carpets all wet.