The effects of water to the environment and the human being are very positive. However, this does not mean that the adverse effects are minimal. Water damage can be slow or instant. Slow water damage often happens after a long period of time. The results of slow water damage include soil erosion, gulley, rotting of wood and rotting of iron.
The instantaneous effects are usually brought about by Floods and Tsunamis. This two are catastrophic. It’s very important to know the various sources of water that cause damages. Water damage in our homes often happen from the things we encounter every day. The sources can be classified as follows;
Class A water
This refers to the water damage caused by household appliances and poses no substantial threat to humans. They include the broken water lines, sink overflows tub overflows and malfunction water taps.
Class B water
This refers to a source of water that has a significant degree of biological, physical contaminants and may cause discomfort or sickness when consumed. Examples of this water sources include toilet bowls, water seepages, malfunction of dishwashers and sump pump failures.
This is what most people call the “black water”. It very harmful and it contains unsanitary agents. Consumption or contact with this water causes severe infections. This includes water from the sewages, stagnant water, water from factories and toilet back flows..
If class B water is not emptied fast or removed, it can be classified as class C.
There are different strategies to respond to water damages. These strategies depend on the items affected.
1. Books and papers-you can freeze, photocopy and discard the original or for unimportant documents you can discard.
2. Carpets and concrete. Remove the water with water extraction vacuum and accelerate the drying process by using fans and heaters.
3. Wood surfaces. Remove the water quickly and use gentle heat to dry.