Water Removal Mitigates Damage
SERVPRO Safely Extracts Water from Your Property
When you are dealing with water damage, taking immediate action is crucial. Tennessee has seen its fair share of strong storms, torrential rains, wintertime flooding due to frozen pipes, and other natural and in-home water disasters.
Water removal in Bearden, TN can take many different forms, and it is hard to be ready for every different type of water damage. SERVPRO can help you with any water removal or restoration needs you have, regardless of how it occurs.
The Color of Water
Being able to identify the “color” of the water that has damaged your home is an excellent piece of knowledge to have. Being aware of the three different types of water is useful when assessing your situation before calling professionals such as SERVPRO for removing the water and cleaning up. It will also help you understand your situation as the water is being extracted. You will know what to expect a little better once the water has been pumped away.
The “colors” below are not referring to the actual color of the water, but the contamination and possible sources of these types of water damage.
There are instances in which the water that has invaded your home is considered “clean” by professionals. This is when an appliance leaks, a pipe bursts or rainwater enters your home from a roof leak. Luckily, this is typically the easiest type of water removal to accomplish because there are not many microbes living in the water.
The real danger is if this “clean” water is not cleaned up immediately or if it is not properly dried. Poor cleaning and drying can result in mold or fungus growth. This is particularly the case when carpets and drywall have been affected because they are porous materials.
“Gray” water is that which has been slightly contaminated. Gray water can be water that has been left untreated for a long time, as well as water that overflowed from a toilet tank (not the bowl) or washing machine. This type of water should always be considered gray because its source comes from the sewer system, or standing water that has collected contaminants over several days. It may simply be detergents from the washing machine. Microbes may be present, so before our SERVPRO restoration specialists arrive, protect yourself and do not touch the water.
This is the most hazardous of the three types of water damage. Black water is typically a result of sewage waste or a natural disaster causing groundwater intrusion. This type of water can include toxic materials like chemicals, microbes, bacterial diseases, and more. If your home suffers this type of damage, water removal is an absolute MUST and should be done immediately by professionals.
It is likely that a lot of your affected items in your home will be non-salvageable due to the types of contamination in this water. It is recommended that you do not touch this water, but leave the home and get to safety as you call water removal specialists.
Water removal is stressful, but knowledge relieves some of the unknowns involved. Call SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907. Our professional technicians and specialists will answer all questions, respond to your emergency, and cooperate with your insurance company to expedite the service and mitigate your costs and losses.