Water Damage Restoration

Water Damage Restoration

There are over 2 million properties in England and Wales situated in high risk flood areas and with the unpredictable British weather, more and more homes are becoming susceptible to being damaged by water. The Property Services SDS group has an extensive fleet of drying equipment which means our response times are minimal and homes and businesses who have fallen foul of heavy rainfalls can be restored quickly and efficiently.

Water Damage Restoration can be classified in three ways.

Category 1 Water Damage

Also known as clean water, and the least harmful of the three, category 1 water damage is defined as a source of water which does not pose a threat to human health. These are normally internal losses from clean water supplies.

Category 2 Water Damage

Is defined as a source of water which contains physical, chemical or biological contaminants and can cause discomfort or sickness when consumed or exposed. Also known as ‘grey water,’ this type of water contains organisms and nutrients of micro organisms.

Category 2 water may have been caused by discharge from household utilities such as washing machines or dishwashers, toilet bowl leaks, pump failures or seepage stemming from hydrostatic failure.

Grey water which is not promptly removed can become infected and reclassified as category 3 water.

Category 3 Water Damage

This type of water damage would contain unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria, viral infections and would be considered grossly unsanitary. Black water can pose a severe threat to human health. Possible sources of this classification, also known as ‘black water,’ include rising water from rivers or streams, seawater, sewage or surface water.

It should be noted that toilet back flows that originate from beyond the toilet trap are, regardless of their appearance, considered black water.

Each classification of water damage should be treated in a different way. It is essential that any form of flooding or standing water should be treated without delay thus reducing the extent of secondary damage. Fast action is therefore understandably essential.

Water Extraction

In any water restoration exercise, the initial step is to remove the standing water. Property services –¬†SDS holds truck mounted extraction equipment which can pump out large volumes of water from a variety of surfaces.

Once extracted, the water is disposed of in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.

Moisture Inspection

Once the majority of the water has been removed, a further inspection should be made to assess the extent of structural damage and whether biological agents are still present. It is therefore imperative that the drying system is set to effectively restore all materials to their original moisture content. Neglect or in completion of this stage can result in a major hazard to health and structural integrity.

It is also essential that any void areas such as wall cavities, cabinets or base mouldings are assessed for damage. Our certified moisture specialists use electronic instrumentation to detect and track down any moisture which may have entered these void spaces.

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