Did You Know There are 3 Water Category's When it Comes to Restoration?
Manuals and Study Guides
IICRC S500 Standard Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage defines 3 categories of water. Category refers to the type of water affecting the structure.
A Category I loss is where water originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose substantial risk from dermal, ingestion or inhalation exposure. An example would be a water cooler.
A Category II loss is when water contains a significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed/ingested by humans. Category II water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms. Some examples of a Category II Water are: Discharge from dishwashers, overflow from washing machines, overflow from toilet bowls.
Category III water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents and can cause significant adverse reactions to humans if contacted or consumed. Examples of Category III Water are: Sewage, Flood water, hurricanes etc.
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It only takes a small water leak, or excess humidity, for mold to form. Mold, can spread quickly through the property in as little as 72 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects.
Consider these facts:
Mold is present in a lot of places, almost everywhere, both indoor and outdoor
Mold spores start microscopically before they reproduce into colonies
Spores enter your home through shoes, pets, open doors & windows and your clothing etc.
Mold can produce a musty strong odor that causes irritants
Mold thrives in dark, damp environments
Mold is something we here at SERVPRO of Hockessin/Elsmere is trained and qualified to remediate. If you need us we are here to help.
Water Heater Leak
Hot Water Heater Gives Way
This business had what they thought was a small water heater leak. An employee noticed a small leak on a Friday evening in the basement of a restaurant. The employee did not want to bother the owner as it was late and they thought it was just a tiny drip. The employee put a few towels around the area and left a note for the manager on Monday. The water heater's drip got more intense over the weekend. The water heater eventually gave way and water poured into the area all weekend long. SERVPRO of Hockessin/Elsmere was able to help this customer overcome this issue. We were able to pump out the water and treat the affected area. Since the area was in the basement running our equipment was not a nuisance to the establishment.
Flooded Commercial Property
Flooding on the Floor
SERVPRO of Hockessin worked on a water damage that suffered a large amount of water. The water ran throughout the night. A water main burst in the bathroom area and saturated the second floor of the building. The water also ran down through the ceilings and pipe chases to the first floor as well. The property owner was away and an on-call maintenance person called us in to help the with the clean up. We were able to come in and help them get back to business in four days! The main areas dried quickly due to the tiled areas. The pipe chases were easily dried too due to our specialty equipment. The wall cavities were dried out rather quickly too. When the owner returned he was amazed at what the place looked like.
Storm Down Pours Area
Tree falls on home
Storms often blow through our area leaving small impact on many people. Storms also come through our area leaving a lot of damage. Storms can leave behind quite a mess sometimes. SERVPRO of Hockessin knows how to help the people that are affected by the storms. In this case a tree fell on a home. Luckily no one was severely injured. The tree came crashing down in the middle of the night and went into the bedrooms. The tree broke windows and smashed part of the roof. The inside of the home sustained water damage. Walls crumbled in some areas as well. We were able to help this customer get the damages taken care of and clean up the mess left behind by the tree.
Dealing With Biohazard & Vandalism
Fire & Water Damage may be what you think of when you hear the name SERVPRO, but bio-hazard, vandalism, and crime scene cleanups are also services of ours. Our bio-hazard services cover a variety of cleanings. Blood-borne Pathogens, Methamphetamine Labs, Crime Scene Residues, Arson and Vandalism, and Sewage Backups.
Vandalism is sometimes handled by property owners before SERVPRO is called out to the scene. Here are some Do's and Don'ts for handling vandalism damages.
- Hose or wash residues from the building exterior as soon as possible
- Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpet and upholstery
- Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in the vandalism
- Record all damage and photograph when possible
- Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains
- Operate damaged appliances
- Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be used for repair
Completing The Job File
Files that are closed faster usually have lower claim costs. When a file is open for a lengthy period of time, the opportunity for more problems and expenses can rise. SERVPRO completes and closes job files so that out customers can regain control of their lives as quickly as possible.
With our quick service, customers can depend on a reduced number of pending files with their insurance agents. Our technicians work effectively and cohesively with customers' insurance providers in the filing of claims.
We close our files quickly by mitigating and restoring the property in a timely manner. Not only does this get the restoration process started, but this also prevents extensive or secondary damage. SERVPRO is reputable for our execution in job filing and fast restoration process.
SERVPRO Mobile App
Our Free SERVPRO ERP App/Service can help your company organize and better prepare your properties in a customized format. Businesses that use our ERP app gain preparedness and security in the case of an emergency. Here are some of the ways businesses benefit from our Emergency Ready Plan App.
Location Management: Businesses with multiple locations are able to manage all of their buildings' emergency needs from this app. Some of our clients use this ERP service for on building, while others use it to manage multiple locations.
Strengthens Protocol: In many cases, our businesses have to address an emergency while the authorized personnel is not on-site. Our ERP App breaks down important information for all employees including water lines, floor plans, and breaker locations.
Faster Response: The ERP app allows you to contact us directly through the app which can be a more direct way to contact us and provide all the information we need to get to the emergency.
Preparing for Spring!
Spring is on it's way! As the weather warms up and the seasons change, we should prepare for the spring time as best we can. Here are some tips on how to get your home ready for this spring season!
Check/Service your Lawn Care Equipment. Cleaning up your lawn mower and changing the oil helps you to start fresh once its time to put it to use again.
Clean Patio Furniture. Dust off your outdoor tables and wash your patio cushions. You are going to want them ready for relaxing once the weather is nice!
Clear Your Gutters. After the fall season and then the wintery weather, your gutters probably could use a little attention. Clear out anything in your gutters to prevent mold or weeds growing up there.
Change Filters. HVAC filters should be checked/changed seasonally in order to ensure proper air quality in your home.
This photo shows the damage that not only a fire can do, but also the damage that a fire extinguisher can do. Even if someone used a fire extinguisher and contained or put out a fire, there can still be a strong odor and chemicals that need to be removed from the building/home.
The chemicals from a fire extinguisher can coat a room quickly and leave a thick dust behind. Normally this extinguisher dusting comes along with a coat of soot. Even if a fire has been small and quickly put out, the smell and chemicals left behind should be properly cleaned out of the space. You can see in the photo how apparent the soot and extinguisher's affects are. This is just one corner of the room, but this entire living room was impacted.