In most cases, it is not possible to completely eliminate the effects of water damage on a home. In many cases, the process of water damage can cause a variety of losses and damages. These processes include rotting of wood, mold and bacteria growth, rusting of steel, swelling of composite woods, and delamination of materials. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the effects of a water-damaged home and save money in the long run.
While the severity of water-damaged properties varies, there are some guidelines that can help minimize the amount of damage. While a Category 1 flood can be dried quickly, a Category 2 disaster contains significant amounts of chemicals, bacteria, and mold. As a result, technicians must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to work on the property. Likewise, a water damage in Category 3 is known as “black” contamination and has serious consequences for human health.
Water damage can be classified as Class I, II, or III depending on the severity. The first category is clear water, while the second and third categories are grey and black water. Untreated water damage can pose several health risks. It can cause skin irritation and eye infection. It can cause respiratory problems. It can also lead to headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and shortness of breath. A professional insurance adjuster can help you determine which type of water damage is more serious.