Water Damage and Flooding — What To Do
Water damage or flooding can seem overwhelming. More than 70 water damage incidents are expected monthly in a population of 100,000 people. Although small, the odds are that if you do experience water damage, it will likely be the first time it has ever happened to you. So, what should you do?
First, don’t panic.
If the source of the water is a broken or leaking pipe, turn off the water to the building, or to that area.
Next, if you can safely reach your electrical service panel, turn off the breakers to the wet areas of the building before entering those areas. Only then should you move any items on the floor to dry areas.
Second, it’s time to call a professional. A professional who has the experience and knowledge necessary to properly manage water damage.
For example, when you call Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration, you’re calling professionals with over 60 years combined experience in water damage restoration. We’ll have a fully equipped service truck with high power water extraction capabilities and a supervisor on the way immediately to begin the drying process, and most of all, to put your mind at ease. We’ll install and monitor all equipment such as high velocity fans and dehumidifiers during the drying process, and keep you and your insurance company informed.
Third, don’t wait.
Most insurance policies require the insured to take immediate action to mitigate further damage. Also, industry experts agree that the first 48 hours are critical in preventing mold growth that can lead to an unhealthy environment. That’s why it’s important to have professionals on site as soon as possible to remove all excess water and immediately set up the proper drying equipment .
Water Damage Categories:
According the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), which sets the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration training, there are three categories describing the type of liquid involved in a water damage.
- Category 1. This is liquid from a clean and sanitary source, such as faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc. But, category one can quickly degrade into category two.
- Category 2. This category of liquid used to be called grey water, and is described as having a level of contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources include dishwasher or washing machine overflows, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow with some urine but not feces.
- Category 3. This is the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.
For immediate response to your water or flood damage, contact Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration 401-464-8937, in business since 1976.