Types of Water Damage: Risks, Causes, and Clean-up

With hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria wreaking havoc across the seaboard, millions of dollars in flood damages have already been assessed, and more are still to come. Whether water damage is caused by leaky pipes, hurricanes, or something in between, the type of water is just as important to identify as the extent of the damage when finding the best restoration route.


Category 1: Clean Water While inconvenient, a clean water leak is the best type of leak. Either drinking water or bath water, this water is already cleaned and intended for use, so interacting with it isn't harmful. This may occur from an overflowing bathtub, a leaky kitchen sink, or a broken sink or tub pipe. Though the water itself isn't harmful, mold and bacteria growth can still result from dampness or standing water.


Category 2: Gray Water Gray water is not safe to interact with and precautions should be taken before investigating the contaminated area. Gray water contains microorganisms, contaminants, or chemicals that can be harmful to the touch or may cause disease. Gray water includes dirty water from washing machines or dishwashers as well as toilet water and sump pump water. Failures from any of these or the pipes attached to them will cause a gray water damage.