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3 Types of Water Damage

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Morgan Hill - Cat 3 (mold)

There are 3 types of water damage that might occur in your home:
1. Clean Water - The defining characteristic of clean (or Category 1) water is that Its clean at the source, and therefore does not pose a hazard to people. Burst water pipes, leaking appliances, a running faucet or a water heater leak.

2. Gray Water - Also knows as Category 2 may contain some contaminants at the source and may cause some harm to humans. Washing machine or dishwasher discharge, toilet runoff (urine only) or sump pump failures. 

3. Black Water - Category 3 water is heavily contaminated at the source and may cause serious illness to humans. Black water is almost exclusively comprised of sewage based components such as feces, fungi bacteria etc. Usually caused by flooding or sewage damage. 

Call SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy at 408-500-0657 in case you have water damage.

What to do until help arrives? Emergency Tips for your home

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy Franchise Professional arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce water damage from clean water and increase the chances of a successful restoration :

DO:

  • shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source;
  • turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock;
  • remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting;
  • wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items;
  • remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying;
  • place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting;
  • remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture;
  • use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors;
  • hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting on floors;
  • hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature

DON'T:

  • enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist;
  • enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazard;
  • leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining;
  • leave Oriental rugs to other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining;
  • use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner;
  • use TVs if other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors;
  • turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

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