Types of Water Damage and Their Effects on Human Health

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Most property owners in Utah have experienced water damage, and they understand the devastating effects it can have on a property. But what most people do not know is that it can also lead to various health issues.

AAA Restoration reminds Utah residents of the common types of water damage and the health hazards of each.

1. Clean Water Damage

This refers to damage caused by clean water that often comes from leaks from fixtures, such as dishwashers, sinks, refrigerators, and washing machines. The water does not pose a health risk in the initial stages, but if left unattended will lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which are a health hazard. It is best to fix the leaking fixtures and clean up the water as soon as possible.

2. Dirty Water Damage

This damage is caused by water that is contaminated by hazardous substances. The most popular source of this kind of water is the toilet. Coming into contact with this kind of water may lead to you getting infections, so it’s best to protect yourself by wearing gloves, a face mask, and boots. In case you opt to get rid of this water, be sure to disinfect the area to avoid breeding of germs.

3. Black Water Damage

This is the most dangerous type of water damage, and it is caused by water that is contaminated by chemical or human waste. This type of water often comes from sewage backups and flood. If you are exposed to black water, you will experience allergic reactions and extended exposure to it could cause respiratory issues.

Protect your home and your family from water damage caused by floods and other problems. In case you experience water damage in your home, call a restoration company right away to resolve the problem.