Water Flood Damage - Brookyln, NY


Water Damage or Flooding of your home or business is the number one property loss in terms of total cost in America today. Many people only think of serious water damage as hurricane or river overflows. Although these are obviously the most devastating they are not the most common. In the state of New York a broken sump pump, broken, leaky or frozen water pipes and backed up sewer lines are the most common causes of home and business flooding. There are others such as broken water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines and sink and toilet overflows which are some of the more common culprits. In either case the situation really does require a good understanding of the situation and preferably an immediate handling.

Types Of Water Damage

Category One: Clean water coming from a broken water pipe, hot water heaters, etc. It’s clean water.

Category Two: Water is slightly contaminated, such as ground water from sump pump failure and used water such as bath or washing machine water. It is defined as mildly contaminated, containing elevated levels of bacteria not high enough to pose an immediate health risk to humans or pets. Category One water, if left standing, can turn to category two within two days.

Category Three: Water is severely contaminated water containing elevated levels of bacteria and/or pathogens that could or do pose an immediate health risk to humans and pets. Category Two water, if left standing will turn to category three within two or three days if not properly handled. Category three typically comes from sewage or water backing up from sewer lines, and would include water from lakes, rivers and ejector pits.

Water Damage Restoration Procedure


When a Trained Water Remediation Technician addresses a flooded building or basement, one of the first questions they should ask is “What is the source of the water?” This helps them to determine the category. This is important information because the handling varies with each of these. Equipment and procedures can include extraction of water with extraction equipment, several types of dehumidifiers, specialized blowers, air injection systems (on walls, ceilings, and floors), odor treatments, sanitizing, disinfecting, etc..