Types of Water Damage and Prevention

Whether your sink overflows or a natural disaster floods your home, water damage occurs. Rising water can destroy any indoor environment regardless of whether it contains harmful agents or is completely clean.

At Roto-Rooter of St Cloud, MN, we educate our clients on plumbing issues and when to call for help. Discover the types of damage and best practices to prevent them from impacting your property.

What Causes Water Damage?

Many situations can flood an entire room and cause severe damage, such as leaking water beds and broken aquariums. However, the most common reasons you might need water damage removal are:

  Flood Water Damage - Storm Damage IllustrationFlooding Ground Surface Water

Ground water, either due to heavy rains or melting snow, can infiltrate your property and damage its structural wood materials. If you live in an area with a substantial risk of flooding, be mindful of the water damage that comes with it.

Damaged Water Supply Lines

A clogged sewer line or clogged drain pipe can wreak havoc on your property. A commercial plumber can perform drain cleaning if your sewer line is the source of your commercial water damage. A burst pipe can also flood the space.

Faulty Washing Machines, Dishwashers, and Other Appliances

Finally, your appliances, such as the sump pump, water heater, toilet trap, and washing machines, can malfunction or leak and spread water damage throughout your property.

Three Categories of Water Damage

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Plumbers typically deal with three main categories of water damage. Learn the risks of each one and some of the most common flooding sources of each type.

Category 1 - Clean Water

Say your toilet tank overflows and creates a mess on your bathroom floor. This is "clean water" damage since it contains no pathogens, chemicals, or unsanitary contaminants.

While clean water poses no health danger, it can still ruin affected materials. You risk mold growth when the moisture seeps into your walls or floor.

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Category 2 - Grey Water

The "grey water" contains inorganic matter and chemicals. If your washing machine leaks, any detergent in the area will create grey water. This type of water damage is not the most dangerous, but the amount of contaminants can escalate the longer you wait to clean the mess.

Category 3 - Black Water

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The most concerning type of damage is category 3, "black water." This water features unsanitary contaminants like raw sewage and poses serious health risks. You'll need professional water damage restoration services if you have black water within your property.

How To Prevent Water Damage

While you can't prevent natural floods, taking care of your appliances and fixtures reduces the chance of water damage. Call a plumber for dishwasher repair, water heater services, and repairs for overflowing toilet bowls to prevent water damage.

Contact Your Local Water Damage Restoration Experts

When you need an emergency plumber to fix a leaky pipe or a drain clogged with food or hair in your home or commercial property, count on Roto-Rooter of St. Cloud, MN. We have an industry restoration certification and can efficiently remove standing water from your property and mitigate health risks.

Call our team at (320) 207-1079 to request an immediate consultation for any water damage to your property.