Understanding Water Damage

Water damage can be caused by a variety of factors, both from inside and outside of your home or business. Depending on the type of water damage and the severity of the destruction, it can be costly and intimidating to deal with. Mr Restore’s technicians have 50 years of experience in handling the different types of water that can infest your home. You can rest easy knowing we get you back to normal, faster. Check out our guide below to understand the types of water damage that may occur in your home.

Types of water damage

There are three types of water that can can cause damage to your property and possessions. They are classified according to where the water originated and how contaminated the water is. Mr Restore will use different techniques to repair the damage depending on what type of water has lead to the catastrophe.

1. Clean Water - This is often referred as “Category 1” water damage. Clean water originates from sources in your home that are considered sanitary. Water damage caused by clean water is considered safe and does not have any toxins or hazardous materials that could be considered dangerous. Common sources of clean water include broken pipes, bathtubs and sinks, and drinking fountains. Although damage caused by clean water is considered safe, this does not mean you should handle the damage on your own or wait to contact Mr Restore. The longer you wait, the possibility of additional structural damage increase.

2. Gray Water- Category 2 water damage, or Gray Water, is water that could be considered contaminated. Gray water often has chemicals that lead to further water damage and is considered dangerous if consumed. Most gray water originated from sources that include cleaning chemicals, such as soap or laundry detergents. Common causes of gray water damage originate from washing machines, dishwashers, and precipitation (rain and snow). Again, it is critical that you contact Mr Restore as soon as possible to avoid further damage. The longer you wait, the more likely the gray water will turn into Black Water.

3. Black Water - Black water is the most dangerous and severe type of water that leads to damage. Black water is considered extremely toxic and should be handled immediately by a restoration professional to avoid health hazards. Black water usually consists of human and animal waste and is typically caused by a backed up sewage line, an overflowed toilet, and floodwaters. Black water carries threatening contaminants and bacteria that could be considered life threatening. Contact with black water will not only cause illnesses, but could lead to rashes and skin infections. Only trained professionals and the proper equipment can handle Black Water.

Common Causes of Water Damage

It is important to be on the lookout for the common causes of water damage on your property. Some water damage may not be noticeable until it is too late. Take precautions and stay proactive when considering the top culprits of water damage.

Leaky Pipes

Pipes under the floorboards and throughout your home often leak without your knowledge, leading to water dampness and possibly mold. Pipes wil leak or bust if they are rusty, loose, or have backed-up pressure from faulty plumbing. If you notice a leaky or malfunctioning pipe, take care of it immediately to avoid destructive water damage.

Household Appliances

Common household appliances, such as your washing machine and dishwasher, can lead to unwelcomed water damage. Routinely check your household appliances to ensure they are working properly and that there are no leaks behind or below the machine. Make sure all fittings are securely attached to the back of your washing machine and check your dishwasher to make sure it seals tightly when shut.


Floods, heavy rains, and snow can be the culprits of water damage to your home or business. While you have no control over the weather, you can always prepare your home for upcoming weather disasters to ensure your property is protected from possible weather and water damage.

No matter what caused the damage or what type of water has invaded your home, our professionals at Mr Restore understand what actions need to be taken when damage from water occurs, and pursue the damage repair process immediately after we receive your call.

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