The 3 Main Types of Water Damage

3 types of water damage

Here at Elite Restoration, we deal with a lot of water damage situations. It happens more than some people might realize, and we know it all too well – it’s the most common problem we get called in for! Because it’s so common, we like to share tips and prevention methods regarding this devastating dilemma with our customers and community whenever we can, such as in this article or this one.

Another aspect of water damage that many people may not know is that there are actually 3 different types of water that cause damage, and therefore, 3 different ways to go about dealing with the damage. Here’s our quick guide to help you determine what kind of damage you’re dealing with!

Clean Water Damage

Sometimes also referred to as “fresh water damage,” clean water damage is often the easiest type to handle. It’s considered “clean” because it most likely doesn’t have many microbes living in it and is from a considerably sanitary or natural source. Typically, it comes from a malfunctioning appliance, broken sprinklers, a burst pipe, or rain water, or melting snow. The biggest risk factor is the potential for it to not be cleaned up properly or quickly enough, leaving the area susceptible to the growth of mold and mildew. If the water has been left for over 24 hours, it’s best if you give your local Elite Restoration office a call and schedule us to come have a look at it.

Gray Water Damage

Gray water damage is somewhat unsanitary due to either an unsanitary source or having been neglected for a long period of time. Toilet or washing machine water, for example, might be considered gray. It’s also considered gray water if it has biological or chemical hazards in it, such as urine, laundry detergents, blood, and so on. It has the potential to cause sickness or irritation if humans come into contact with or consume it. If you choose to clean this type of water yourself, it’s advised that you wear gloves. (A face mask and/or protective eyewear is also a good precautionary measure.) This protects your skin from coming into contact with the water, and also helps prevent it from being spread. Remember to keep small children and pets away from this type of water damage. Even if not much water damage has occurred, you may want to contact Elite even if just to explain the situation over the phone and get any additional advice on how to clean it up or what to do next. We’re happy to help!

Black Water Damage

This is the most hazardous type of water damage, usually resulting from a natural disaster or raw sewage, and is typically full of chemicals, pathogens, pesticides, or other harmful biological and/or chemical bacteria. Keep in mind that black water damage is not necessarily black in its coloring (the same goes for gray water): flooding fresh or ocean water is also considered black water, due to the many unknown contaminants that may be found in it at any given time. It is not advised to handle the clean up of this type of water damage yourself. If your home has been a victim of black water damage, please don’t hesitate to contact Elite Restoration – we have the proper equipment to handle this sort of problem, keeping you and your family safe from the potential dangers often found in this type of damage.

Hopefully this quick guide helps you determine the source of any water damage you may experience. Keep in mind: just because water may look clean and clear does not mean that it’s free from bacteria or microbes. It’s best to always contact the professionals here at Elite just to be sure. Your home and health are never worth the risk!