Different Types of Water Damage and Prevention

Different Types of Water Damage and Prevention

Water damage is every homeowner’s nightmare. Not only does it deteriorate property value and aesthetic, but it also brings various problems like corroded pipes, mold and other unhygienic problems.

Sadly, there’s no dearth of types of water damage and the problems associated with them. However, the first step is to be able to identify the type of water damage so that it can be tackled. Conceptually, water can be classified into three categories:

  • Clean – this water is clean and usually runs through the pipes of your home. Clean water damage refers to burst pipes or leaking roofs.
  • Gray – this type of water is slightly contaminated and contains unhealthy microbes that should be avoided. However, gray water damage requires immediate attention.
  • Black – this type of water is heavily contaminated and is the result of natural disasters or industrial disasters. This water is highly unhygienic and requires professional attention immediately.

The experts of EE&G Restoration Miami pointed out these following common types of water damage and ways to prevent them.

Sewer Back-Up

Homeowners in Miami or other coastal cities are probably aware of sewer backups after a storm passes. The odorous water overflows from the sewer causing infrastructure damage.

One way to beat this is by constantly checking your main waste pipe and its fitting. Also, ensure that the backflow valve functions correctly. This helps to prevent backups like these.

Ground Water Infiltration

When the groundwater becomes mixed with surface water, this can cause problems. Commonly a cause of faulty drainage or heavy rains, can be remedied.

Regular maintenance is essential to avoid this problem. Homeowners should also invest in a sump pit drainage system that collects water and channels it elsewhere instead of downward.


Damp furniture or humid rooms are breeding grounds for mold. In coastal cities like Miami where humidity is high, mold is a common problem.

This issue can be rectified by installing a humidity monitor and also using air purifiers to clean the air from harmful pathogens or microbes that could be feeding the mold. Of course, keeping fixtures and furniture dry is also important.

Leaking Roof

A leaking roof is the stuff of nightmares! Usually caused because of lack of roof maintenance or any wet spots on the roof from heavy rains, a leaking roof is a big hazard.

Speak to your contractor about waterproofing your roof. It may require some investment, but it’s one of the best ways to avoid water damage and limit foundational damage, too.

Water Stains

Water stains can appear anywhere. Whether it’s the aftermath of a storm or heavy rain, water-stained walls are harmful and release pathogens into the air. Speak to your local EE&G Restoration Miami professionals to find out paints and dry walls that will sustain water damage and implement those strategies.

In other words, regular maintenance and a visit from an EE&G Restoration expert is a great way to curb water damage problems!