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:
Flooding 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
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.
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
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.