What is so serious about Water Damage? Your shower head or faucet drips or that pipe under the sink is a little leaky. It may sound like no so big deal to you, but here are some facts: A leak is indicative of a serious problem waiting to happen. Leaks can run your bill up at a surprising rate. It also means something is about to break. When that leaky pipe gives way and floods your home, you will wish you had paid attention. Be observant of your home and take preventative action which will always save your time money and frustration. Some Main causes of Water Damage Water damage can come from a number of sources. Flooding and freezing are the main causes of water damage, but not the only culprits. Cracks in foundation can cause house to settle and pipes to sift. Rusty or cracked pipes can leak under cabinetry and in walls, loose fittings can cause a leak (that might have happened during a freeze) will eventually give under pressure. Any of these problems can leave you with a horrible mess and huge repair bill. Three TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE Often leaks Start with the most minor of things: a burst pipe, a; loose fitting, or a backed up drain, can all end up causing severe water damage. Prevention is the most practical cure to these types of problems. Plan a maintenance schedule in which you check your home regularly. This allows you to perform light maintenance, and means you have time to contact a professional if you see that the situation is more serious. Water damage comes in three basic categories. They are all different in the level of severity and danger “C” One – This water is from a clean, safe source. It poses no health threat to people who come into contact with it. “C” Two – This water is not necessarily safe. “Gray water” named for its cloudy, murky texture, comes from sinks, washers etc. It’s CAN breed microorganisms and not be allowed to sit. “C” Three – This water is dangerous. It’s called “black water” because of contaminates in it. It most often contains sewage, but can be standing water (like type one or two that’s been left and became contaminated) Three CATEGORIES OF WATER DAMAGE Class One – light repair you can probably handle it Class Two- a little more serious Not for the Novice repair person. This is more than a fix. You should enlist the aid of a reliable professional. Class Three – this is serious Damage like this requires special water removal and water damage restoration procedures.