Water Damage Repair and Flood Cleanup – Colorado Springs Emergency Water Damage Restoration
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Colorado Disaster Cleanup Services offers emergency response to flood and water damage disasters, and can provide immediate water restoration. Water can have an incredibly destructive impact on the structure of a home. Whether your water loss is large or small it is important to make sure that both obvious and hidden damages are identified correctly to help ensure the safety and integrity of your home. The Colorado Springs team of Disaster Cleanup Services quickly responds to emergencies in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and the surrounding areas.
Incorrectly dealing with flood damage can lead to dangerous mold problems and structural damage down the road. Colorado Disaster Cleanup Services will help you clean up the water and prevent further damage.
Do It Yourself
The most important step in deciding whether or not to fix your water damage problem yourself is to correctly identify the full scope of damage caused by the water. Many people mistakenly think that simply “sucking” the water out of the carpet is sufficient for fixing a water damage problem. In reality the majority of problems caused by water are not readily visible on the surface. Water is absorbed into building materials such as wood and sheetrock at rates as high as one inch per hour! This moisture, although not visible, becomes a breeding ground for mold. Drying out the carpet only addresses half the problem, which means a small problem can turn into a very large problem without your even knowing.
Properly Categorize the Type of Loss
The insurance industry recognizes 3 types of water damage losses
Originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose substantial risk to humans from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure.
Carpets and pads DO NOT need to be removed. With proper drying equipment they can be dried in place. Sheetrock does NOT need to be removed unless it is structurally unsound (i.e. falling off the walls or ceilings). Any type of floor coverings such as vinyl, composite wood floors, or linoleum MUST BE REMOVED. The reason they have to be removed is if water is trapped underneath of them it is impossible to get the water out. This can cause the sub-floor to warp over time and will also facilitate mold growth. Call today to find out more about our Water Damage restoration services.
If a culinary water line freezes and breaks or if someone forgets to turn off a sink and it overflows both would be categorized as a Category 1 loss. This water loss is not likely to make you sick unless it mixes with some other contaminant found inside the home, and is therefore the least damaging.
Category 2 water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms as well as other organic or inorganic matter. This type of loss posses an elevated for potential health risk.
Padding must be removed to accelerate the drying process so that mold and bacteria do not elevate to unhealthy levels. With proper drying equipment the carpet can be dried in place. Sheetrock does NOT need to be removed unless it is structurally unsound (i.e. falling off the walls or ceilings). Any type of floor coverings such as vinyl, composite wood floors, or linoleum MUST BE REMOVED. The reason they have to be removed is if water is trapped underneath of them it is impossible to get the water out. This can cause the sub-floor to warp over time and will also facilitate mold growth.
This type of loss would include a washing machine that breaks and has dirty water that spills onto the carpet or a toilet water that overflows containing urine.
Category 3 losses are grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxic and/or other harmful agents. Such water may contain silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, or toxic organic substances. Category 3 losses have the potential to cause serious illness and/or death. Category 3 losses include all water that originates from a source beyond the Pea Trap regardless of color or content.
Anything that has been touched by Category 3 water must be removed from the structure regardless of the appearance of the water. In other words the water might be clear or gray in color and contain no apparent fecal matter and still be very dangerous. Carpet, pad, sheet rock, furniture, toys, and all other items must be disposed of. All remaining materials must then be pressure washed, disinfected and dried.
Category 3 losses include sewage; toilet backflows that originate from beyond the trap regardless of visible content or color; all forms of flooding from seawater; surface water, RAIN WATER, or other weather related events.
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This information is designed to be informational and is not all inclusive. While deemed reliable any water loss inside the home should be done under the direction of a trained professional. Any use of this information is done at the risk of the consumer and Colorado Disaster Cleanup Services cannot be held liable for the use or misuse of this information.
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