What are the different types of water as related to water damage?
Clearwater is clean water with no solids. It includes water generated by air conditioning units and water that goes down the drain while the faucet heats.
Greywater refers to all other form of waste water except for toilet water. It possibly contains hair, soap particles, cooking byproducts and flakes of skin. Areas that have been damaged by grey water are at a mild risk of contamination.
Blackwater is water that has come into contact with urine or fecal matter. Toilet water is considered blackwater. Blackwater can contain pathogens and is usually considered a biohazard.
What is water damage restoration?
Water damage restoration is a process where water-damaged areas are dried, sanitized, and rebuilt.
Does home insurance cover water damage restoration?
Home insurance sometimes covers water damage from storm-related accidents. However, most plans do not cover damage resulting from lack of maintenance or floods. For the latter, homeowners should purchase flood insurance.
How can water damage be prevented?
Regular maintenance will reduce the risk of water damage.
Clean and maintain gutters so rainwater flows properly. Direct downspouts away from the house.
Repair any roof damage.
Use drain snakes to clean clogs. Chemical cleaners erode pipes.
Do not place outdoor plants with invasive roots near pipes, septic tanks, sprinkler systems, or drainage fields.
Make note of the water bill. A sudden, random spike in charges could indicate a leak.