Water inevitably causes lots of possible failures and damages of a material or system, such as wood decay, metal corrosion, de-laminating of materials such as ply board, and many others. The damage may seem minor at first (like water spots on a surface area), or may be immediate, like surging. Water damage can develop from sources such as a pierced water hose, dishwasher leak, faulty plumbing, foundation breaks, and bad weather.

Harmful termites and patterns can both cause rapid, significant architectural damage. The top cause of water damage is pipe failures; freezing pipe joints will crack from the building pressure. Toilet overflows and leaks follow close behind as the second source, which can include defective supply lines, overfilling, and blockage. Caulk and tube leaking can lead to stable leaking, and overflows are usually caused to blocked pipes. The typical causes of basement flooding include power failing, excessive use of the push motor, damaged impeller or drive base, triggered routine buster, or water flow overwhelming the pump’s capacity.

Water damage will cause major disruption to functions, materials, and the health of residents. As pockets of saturation are trapped, only these areas can be found with sophisticated wetness recognition meters. Unnoticed wetness will continue to corrode and cause odors. Materials will continue to de-laminate, reduce, split and further decline.

Assessing the full extent of the damage is vital for determining the necessary repair costs of water damage and removal. There are several different categories assigned to water damage:

  1. Classification 1—clean or non-threatening water or non-threatening; possible causes include damaged appliances or sink overflows.
  2. Classification 2—contaminated water that contains microorganisms and can cause sickness, also called gray water. Broken toilets, damaged sump pumps, and seepage are some causes.
  3. Classification 3—known as black water. This unsanitary water contains bacteria and other organisms that cause sickness. The possible sources of black inundating include sewage problems and contaminated standing water.