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Different Types of Water Damage

Water damage typically happens without warning. What most people don’t know is that all water damage isn’t created equal. There are different types of water that can damage residential, business, and commercial structures. Each type of requires specific techniques, precautions, and solutions to address the problem that can only be performed by restoration professionals.

Clean Water

This type of water can cause considerable damage, be frustrating for individuals, but it’s the easiest to remediate. It’s categorized as clean, since it usually originates from a burst pipe, broken appliance, rainwater, or defective sprinklers and doesn’t contain microbial contamination. If it’s not dealt with within 24 hours, mold begins to grow.

Grey Water

There are many reasons why water can be classified as grey, all of which indicate a level of contamination. The water has become unsanitary and has the potential to result in rashes or illness through contamination by chemical or biological elements such as blood, urine, or even laundry products. Grey water also encompasses water in toilets, tubs, spas, and washing machines that has been allowed to set undisturbed for long periods of time.

Black Water

Black water is categorized as water that is contaminated and can result in serious illness or death to people and pets. The most common type of black water is from sewer back-ups and toilet overflows. Black water can be contaminated with chemicals, pesticides, mold, bacteria, and viruses through flooding from storms, the overflow of any natural inland waterway, and ocean water.

There are three levels of black water contamination and the water isn’t necessarily black in color. Level I black water typically originates within a structure and is limited in scope. Level II sources are also from within a building, but the damage and affected area is far greater. Affected materials must be removed and disposed of properly. A Level III contamination results from flooding and/or a storm surge. The danger is greater and lasts longer.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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Storm Damage can Come in Many Forms

Those in South Florida tend to think of storm damage in terms of hurricanes, but the state’s unique position lends itself to a wide variety of storms and resultant damage that many may not have considered. It’s not just during hurricane season that Florida residents have to be vigilant for storms and the damage they cause. The potential for extreme weather events exists year-round and they can take many forms.

Hail

While hail isn’t normally a concern in Florida, there have been documented reports of the frozen ice balls measuring up to three inches in size. It’s a rare occurrence, but when conditions are right for hail formation it can cause substantial damage. Hail can damage roofs, dent vehicles, and break windows in cars, homes and businesses.

Sinkholes

A sinkhole is generally considered a geological hazard, but they can have a weather-related component. South Florida isn’t as prone to sinkholes as other parts of the state, but the potential still exists. They can swallow homes, businesses and vehicles, along with costly infrastructure features.

Sinkholes occur when underlying soil is compromised due to water eroding and dissolving the rock underneath the surface. Much of Florida is comprised of limestone and other porous materials that are affected by large amounts of rainfall and flooding.

Water

Damage from water is always a concern for those in South Florida where rainfalls are higher than in other areas of the nation. Even relatively minor storms can drop significant amounts of rain that can lead to flooding. Storm surges from hurricanes are another threat to homes and businesses that result in millions of dollars in damages.

Wind

The winds from storm fronts, tornadoes and hurricanes can lift and damage shingles and blow down fencing. Even straight line winds can turn ordinary items into projectiles that can land on roofs, penetrate buildings, and tear and dislodge shingles. Elevated winds can also blow down trees and limbs that land on roofs, buildings, fences and vehicles.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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