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Why Professionals Should Handle Water Damage Cleanup

Water damage cleanup is not something that should be handled on your own. There are many different risks associated with water damage, and without the proper training, equipment, and experience, you can increase the amount of damage to your Akron property and even put yourself in harms way. We at CPR hope the following information will help inform you why professional restoration companies should handle water damage cleanup.

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Handling the different water types

Water can carry bacteria and other harmful contaminants. When water damage occurs, whether from a pipe, the sewer, or Mother Nature, the first thing that needs to be determined is the category of water you are dealing with. Category 1 Water (clear water) originates from a sanitary source. This type of water poses no substantial health risks, but should still be handled by trained professionals. Category 2 Water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause sickness if contacted or consumed. This water is termed ‘gray water’ because of the potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms that could be in the water. Special equipment and cleaning is required to cleanup gray water. The last category of water is Category 3 water, or black water. Black water is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxic, or other harmful agents. Black water is extremely dangerous if ingested. Only trained professionals should handle this type of water cleanup. It requires deep and extensive cleaning and remediation, with the use of commercial-grade equipment. 

State-of-the-art tools and training

Another reason water damage cleanup should only be handled by professionals is time. Response time is critical in mitigating damage caused by water. To stop mold from growing and to prevent structural damage to the home, water must be extracted and dried completely as quickly as possible. Professional cleaning and restoration crews have the tools and training required to handle any minor or major water damage. By using state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment, professional crews can locate and eliminate hidden moisture in walls and floors. Industrial grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers make drying easier and quicker. Without the use of this equipment, thorough and adequate drying will not be achieved. Without the proper training, experience, and equipment, you leave your home at risk for structural damage and mold growth when cleaning up from water damage. 

Call the professionals

During any water damage cleanup, you want to know that you have qualified and experienced professionals that can quickly step in and get the situation under control. You want your home, and life, to be back to normal following water damage as quickly as possible, and the team at Certified Professional Restoration (CPR) can do just that. We offer 24/7 emergency response services so we can begin the water extraction and drying process as soon as possible. We are IICRC certified in water damage restoration and structural drying, and will get to work immediately to mitigate the damage. Our team employs the latest and most up-to-date methods of restoration with advanced industry equipment. We are committed to serving Akron and the surrounding communities and providing friendly service with respect and honesty. 

Do not try to handle water damage cleanup on your own. Save yourself and your property from any further harm or damage, and let the team at CPR take care of all your water damage cleanup needs.

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