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Water has the distinction of being essential to all life while simultaneously being a potentially destructive force. Flooding is one of the primary ways in which water wreaks damage to structures. Building owners can rely on professional cleanup and restoration help from Cincinnati water damage experts when they experience flooding.

Cleaning up after a flood is more complicated than simply drying everything out. The necessary steps depend first on the source of the water. Flood waters have been divided into three categories. Category 1 is clean or clear water, which means it doesn't contain contaminants. It can be from sources such as rain, broken supply lines or water faucets.

Category 2 floods result from things like dishwasher or washing machine overflow. It contains some contaminants and can make people sick if ingested. The contamination can worsen over time. Flooding from water containing contaminants such as sewage is labeled as Category 3. It's full of bacteria and can cause death if ingested.

Once the source of the flood water has been determined, the next steps in a cleanup are based on the degree of damage. There are four classes of damage that determine whether the property can be saved. The least amount of damage is Class 1. That's usually restricted to part of a room.

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The contents of the room, including carpets, have absorbed little or no moisture.

Class 2 damage means the whole room or area has been flooded. Carpets and underlying padding have absorbed water, and moisture has started to seep into the walls. In Class 3 damage, everything in the area is saturated. This type of residential flooding often comes from overhead, so that the ceilings and walls are damaged. Essentially everything is very wet when Class 4 damage occurs. The items than can be salvaged usually require specialty equipment and methods to adequately dry them.

Regardless of the source of the flooding and degree of damage, generally the first step is to remove all the occupants from the building. Then the area should be ventilated, starting with opening windows. If power is available, fans can be used. Once the type and extent of the damage has been assessed, then further steps can be taken to remediate and possibly restore the property.

Some debris and contamination may be removed by careful and thorough manual cleaning. Often more extensive methods are required, including the use of strong chemicals. If everything isn't completely dried and cleaned, mold or fungi may invade the property.

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