Learning to Clean Like The Pro's

A few years ago, I realized that I didn't really know how to keep my house clean. There were always dishes sitting in the sink, and I couldn't keep up with laundry if my life depended on it. However, a friend of mine suggested working with a professional maid, and so I took her advice. As she worked, I watched her methods, and I learned a lot. This blog is dedicated to my cleaning studies. Here, you will find information on how to clean your house more effectively, so that you can stop wasting time on certain jobs. My plan is that this website could help you to live better than ever. Thanks for reading!

Three Categories Of Water That May Be Involved In Your Water Damage Restoration


If you're faced with multiple water damages in your home, you may wonder why the water damage restoration professionals tend to treat some incidents differently than others. For example, recommendations on which belongings can be salvaged can vary from one occasion to the next based on the type of water damage. Here are the three main categories of water that water damage remediation professionals deal with.

1. "White" or clean water

Clean water does the least damage because it's relatively free of the contaminants, chemicals, and microbes that damage belongings and cause health risks. The cleanest water in your house, this category includes things like burst or leaking clean water pipes and spilled water that hasn't been used to clean anything yet (for example, if after starting to fill the sink with water to rinse the dishes you had another emergency and the sink overflowed while you were away). This type of water is also the easiest to clean up after, other than the initial drying process. However, just because you have the easiest type of spill to clean up doesn't mean that you can delay the cleanup process. Any additional time you wait can provide time for mold spores to take root and for bacteria to grow. Because of this, clean water becomes gray water after sitting for a few days without being cleaned up.

2. Gray water

This category of water can come about when clean water is allowed to sit for a couple of days, or it can come from water sources that contain slightly dirty water. Examples include:

  • Dishwasher water
  • Washing machine water
  • Used sink, bathtub, or shower water
  • Unused toilet water

"Gray" water is not actually gray, of course, so you have to determine the source of your water damage before you can figure out what type of water you're dealing with. Like white water, gray water can escalate if not cleaned up quickly.

3. Black water

This type of water is called "black" because it's the most heavily contaminated. As such, it presents the greatest threat to human health and safety. You'll know you're dealing with black water if one of the following is true:

  • Gray water has been left spilled for awhile
  • The spill comes from a heavily contaminated source such as a toilet, sewer, septic tank, or floodwaters

You should let your damage remediation professionals know what type of water damage you have if you know; but in any case, you should be sure to call right away. Remember, the longer the water sits, the worse it gets and the more dangerous it is for your health. In fact, mold can begin to grow in a water-damaged area within 24 hours, meaning that there's no time to spare before getting it cleaned up.


12 October 2015