Category 3 Water
As you may have deduced from our prior blogs, Category 3 Water is considered the most hazardous. - It is also referred to as "black water" and is the most unsanitary. This water poses significant health risks and can come from a variety of sources. Sources such as a sewer backup, or other forms of contaminated water intrusion. It may contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. It is recommended that a water loss which involves Category 3 water be handled only by a trained, professional company.
Categories of Water Loss
Yesterday we talked about a Category 1 water loss, today we will define Category 2. A Category 2 loss refers to water that contains a significant of chemical, biological or physical contaminants. Category 2 water can cause discomfort and/or sickness when one is exposed to it.
You may get water damage from a toilet bowl with urine (NOT FECES), discharge from a dishwasher, etc., these instances you would be dealing with Category 2 water damage in Philadelphia, PA . This situation must be handled professionally, dried quickly and properly treated, because it can really degrade and become dangerous quickly.
There are 3 categories of water damage that can occur in your home or business. Category 1 water is considered "clean", and can come from sources such as broken supply lines or a sink overflow. Category 1 is considered harmless if cleaned up immediately and properly. However, Category 1 water can become Category 2 or 3 if it is not handled correctly. A small amount of clean water is not cause for alarm. We will go over Category 2 and 3 in a later post. Water damage restoration in Levittown, PA should always be addressed as soon as possible to minimize damage. Your insurance company requires that you do all that you can to minimize the damage.
A Drier Basement
You can help to keep moisture out of your basement by sealing off sources of moisture, like leaky dryer vents; also by identifying and correcting any areas where water might be seeping in during rainy seasons. In the event that you may have mold in the Warminster, PA area, you will know that moisture is getting in somewhere. You can have an inspection performed and see where you might be able to quickly and simply fix the problem and have yourself a dry basement in no time.
Water Damage Facts
Did you know that delaying your response to a water intrusion can really cost you? In fact, in as few as 24 hours, you could start to see mold beginning to grow. We worked on a home doing water damage restoration in Ambler, PA and found that due to high heat and lots of moisture, it was necessary to remove some of the sheetrock in the basement since the homeowner hadn't seen the water damage for a few days. This could have been avoided had the home been dried out immediately. It is a good idea to check your basement for water damage after storms, and even at regular intervals just as a precaution. Sooner is better in the water damage restoration world!
Understanding Mold in Warminster, PA.
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold will return.
Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Feels like summer!
It's not officially summer, but it feels like it. We have had a number of severe thunderstorms in the Philadelphia area. This can spell trouble for a homeowner who has any kind of moisture issues. Don't forget to check your basement from time to time to make sure there is not excessive moisture that could cause you to require mold removal in the Willow Grove, PA area. Finding problems sooner rather than later can save you from a larger problem!
Emergency Water Removal
Flooding of any kind can cause a homeowner serious anxiety. At PDR, however, it doesn't ! We have done so many jobs involving all forms of water removal in Bensalem, PA and beyond, that we can be in and out of your home, your anxiety gone, in a matter of a few days. Once you meet our team, you will feel comfortable that your home is in good hands and your anxiety will subside. We enjoy this part of of the job, and most of our clients say that once we arrive, they know they are in good hands.
Did you know that dryout time is generally 3 days for an average sized home? Up to 5 days if the home is severely damaged? That's right, as daunting as it seems at first, you can be up and running again in a short period of time! Dried out and back on schedule.
Mold testing Philadelphia, PA
Did you know that mold can begin growing in as little as 48 hours from the time of a water intrusion? It's true. And that means you need to act fast ! In these times of thunderstorms and wet weather, the last thing you want to do is let moisture linger. In your home, in Philadelphia, PA, timing for mold inspection and testing is critical. You can dry out your structure quickly and not have any mold, or you can drag your feet thinking about whether you have mold or not, and end up with a real problem. We recommend the former.