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Flooding as well as Water Damage could be ravaging to your house and possessions. A lot of people do not consider the fact that there are various types of problems related to flooding and several causes. The type of damage caused by water in your home will determine the suitable course of action to get the problem resolved so you can return to normal life in your residence.

One of the first considerations is how the flooding happened. Flooding can occur in storm periods or near bodies of water from the outside environment near the residence. Flood damage is a common problem after a fire, due to the fact that what is necessary to extinguish the fire affects several areas in the house. However, flooding can also come from inside the home, from broken or malfunctioning plumbing or pipe work. When you find the source of excess water, you can determine the type of water causing damage in your house.

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There are three main classifications of water: clean, gray, and black. Clean water has very few harmful substances in it, for example, when water supply lines are broken, spilling forth clean, fresh water. It can certainly still cause water damage, but there is little chance of bacteria or chemicals causing illness following the flooding. When sinks or tubs spillover, the water is also usually considered clean. Gray water, formally referred to as category 2 water, can cause sicknesses and physical problems because the amount of pollutants in the water is considerable. These impurities may be chemical, biological, and/or physical. Gray water will have micro-organisms present as well. Some good examples of water damage with category 2 implications are sump pump breakdowns, flows from dishwashers, defective washing machines, or leaking toilets(containing urine but not feces). Black water, or category 3 water, has a serious level of toxins and is very unsanitary. This water is highly disposed to induce physical issues, illness, or discomfort. Black water has microorganisms, fungi, chemical pollutants, and other dangerous materials. Category 3 water damage may emerge from lakes, streams, rivers, seawater, ground surface water, sewage leaks, overrunning toilets with fecal material, and stationary water that stands for 48-72 hours after a category 1 or 2 flood problem. The standing of the water increases its dangerous contaminants. Black water clean-up requires the use of protective gear and specific gear to prevent disease or wellness problems as well as safeguard the structure. Trusting clean up and restoration to experts can assist you get your house back rapidly and safely.


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Water Damage Defined

Water damage can be defined as the damage to real estate or personal property by the encroachment of water. Flooding is a somewhat common occurrence with homes and businesses. Whenever flood damage happens, it can be a traumatic experience for the resident. In some cases, the resident is required to leave their business or residence until the restoration work is completed. This can, at times be a large inconvenience to the resident and can result in loss of income to the business.

How Water Problems Occur

There are many reasons that a home or business could become water damaged. One way water damage can occur is because of flooding due to rainstorms or other water accumulations. A second way that water damage can occur is due pipes and interior plumbing in buildings breaking and leaking water. This kind of damage can occur quickly, as in the case of a pipe breaking and suddenly discharging water or slowly due to a slow leak in a pipe that leaks for weeks or months until it's discovered. Whatever the initial cause for the water damage, it is important that the leak is stopped and the property is dried as soon as possible. Otherwise, additional damage may occur in the form of mold.

What To Do When an Emergency Occurs

When the property owner discovers that flooding or discharge of water has occurred on their property, the first thing they should do is, if possible, stop the leak by turning off the water. They should then contact a professional plumber immediately if the cause of the flooding is because of a pipe leak. If necessary, the plumber might need to call in a water damage restoration company to dry and remove the water from the property and restore the property to its original condition. It is absolutely critical that the property owner not delay in calling in professionals as the longer the water is allowed to remain, the higher the probability that mold will grow. If mold is allowed to grow on the property, the scope of the damage is greatly increased as is the cost to repair the damage.

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One of the most frustrating things about water restoration is getting a call from the adjuster saying your invoice is too high. During my 14 + years in the water restoration business I have gotten plenty of calls from adjusters saying that my price is too high on this dehumidifier or this fan, etc. This used to bug me until I learned the secret to prevent most of these calls, COMMUNICATION & DOCUMENTATION. Remember that the adjuster has to justify his work to his boss and as long as the price and scope of work can be justified then it will be paid.

Starting off the job on the right foot is important. You should always get a work authorization signed by the insured before starting work. A work authorization will allow some insurance companies to be able to pay you directly or at least get your name on the check.

Then as soon as the initial mitigation is performed, call the adjuster and let him/her know what you did. This can be done on the way back to your office. During this conversation just let the adjuster know what you saw when you arrived and what you decided to do about. During this conversation I generally try to steer away from talking about pricing. If they ask about it then I will talk about it, but for me this is more of an information phone call to the adjuster. At this point, usually the adjuster has not been there and so to call and inform him/her what is going on is my main objective.

Kevin Pearson is a partner in Pearson Carpet Care. He has over 17 years experience in the cleaning and restoration business. He serves on several committees with the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and is on the board of directors of the PCRA (Professional Cleaning and Restoration Alliance). Kevin has dried building in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. He has extensive experience drying residential homes but has also dried office buildings, chemical plants, historical homes, Southern Methodist University, Stephen F. Austin State University, The Toyota Center (where the Houston Rockets play) and more.

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