Flood Water Types Determine Cleanup
Whatever has caused flooding in your Woburn, MA, home will determine the required cleanup methods. A pipe break or hose failure from an appliance requires a different remediation response than water damage from a storm-related flood.
Categories of Water Losses
Experts differentiate the categories of water that can infiltrate your home. Each requires its own response.
- Category One: water from a clean source that offers little to health risk
- Category Two: “gray water” that can create illness or discomfort
- Category Three: “black water” that is severely contaminated and contains pathogens or toxins
All three types of flooding require quick responses to avoid escalation of the damage. Mold begins to grow within 24 to 48 hours of inundation and must be arrested as soon as possible. The longer any type of flood damage is left unaddressed, the greater the potential for structural deterioration or health consequences.
Flood Cleanup by Category
Pipe breaks in the home are often a category one problem, and because the water is sanitary, floods can usually be safely addressed by thoroughly drying structural materials and drying and cleaning porous or semi-porous materials.
Gray water floods come from sources like dishwashers and washing machines, hydrostatic pressure leakage, and overflowing sump basins. Generally, gray water floods are remediated similarly to category one floods through thorough drying and cleaning because of the presence of microorganisms that can compromise health.
Sewage or toilet backflow floods and any rising ground water, seawater, river, stream or storm-driven water is considered category three. Porous and semi-porous materials contaminated by this type of water must be removed and replaced.
Flooding inside your home can range from a nuisance to a nightmare. The important takeaway for homeowners is that a quick response is always in order, no matter the source of water, in order to prevent the growth of mold.