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Understanding the different types of water damage

“It’s vitally important to distinguish between different types of water when water damage repair is called for. Water removal expert Peter Cole of Virginia-based Water Damage DMV explains that there are three types:

1. Pure and clean water: it is normally due to rain, leaking pipes, etc.

2. Gray water: this is a form of waste water which is due to dishwashing, laundry, and cleaning toilets, etc. Only drying this water is not the solution but it also requires scrubbing and disinfecting the area with bleach or other chemicals.

3. Black water: it has a link with sewage disposal or sudden overflow from rivers. This type of water contains several bacteria and insects which are very harmful to health and properties as well.

As you’d expect what water damage repair involves depends on the type of water. ‘Clean water (type 1) can be easily cleaned up,’ says Marina Vaamonde. ‘Type 2 (gray) and type 3 (black) water contain various levels of contamination and can cause serious health problems. Professionals should handle those cleanups.’”

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As you can see, it is not just the damage from water that needs repairing for various structures. There’s also the disinfection aspect which may cause severe health issues if not properly taken care of. It is extremely important that the cleanup occurs as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew growth too.

The team at Bauer Restoration handles water damage cleanup with the utmost care and professionalism. Call us at 507-333-9838 to learn more about our process and how we can restore your home or business.