Unwanted water in your home comes from two sources – the water system inside your home, or sources of nature, such as rain or a local stream. Before you grab the guest hand towels from the downstairs bathroom, take a minute to understand what type of problem you have to clean up. Either the source can be ‘pretty’ clean, or REALLY dirty and require professional remediation.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has set a standard to classify water damage situations in order to follow industry practices for safe, effective cleanup. For example, in a category 1 situation, the source is usually a toilet tank, a drinking fountain or a water faucet. While always sanitary and clean, if it isn’t cleaned up quickly it can become contaminated and lead to a Category 2 water loss.
Category 2 water (or grey water) loss involves water that has biological, chemical or physical contaminants that would cause illness if ingested. Examples are washing machine overflow, dishwasher overflow, sump pump failures, flush from sink drains and toilet overflow with urine only.
Category 3 is the worst classification and is extremely unsanitary and hazardous to your health if ingested. Once referred to as ‘black water’, it may contain heavy metals, organic matters, silt, pesticides or toxic organic substances. Additionally, flood waters can be contaminated with soil bacteria, decaying insects, animal droppings, oils and fluids from roadways, and fertilizers to pesticides from fields or gardens.
General Safety Tips
When You Have A Water Emergency:
Advice From The Experts
Dry out before you rebuild. To prevent dry rot and future structural damage, don’t cover up wood materials until its moisture content falls below 16 percent. Moisture meters are available for home but hire a water restoration professional with professional equipment and expertise to confirm proper drying before reconstruction.
Beware of scam artists targeting storm victims. When approached by any company for water restoration services, ask to see the technician’s certification, proper licensing and liability insurance.
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Water Damage Cleanup In Akron
The IICRC serves as an independent, certification body, that sets and promotes high standards and ethics, and advances communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC also ensures that when consumers hire a certified firm or technician, they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry’s “standard of care.”
Certified Professional Restoration (CPR) is a restoration company attentive to both the physical and emotional pressure of home water damage. CPR offers 24-7 immediate response and is dedicated to customer satisfaction, serving Akron, Canton and surrounding areas at 234-231-9850 or cpr4yourhome.com