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By now, you may know that water damage can take many different shapes and forms. It can happen one drip at a time and be virtually invisible for years, or it can come on in one catastrophic event like a burst pipe, or a flood event.

Water damage repair is a complex process. There are many steps that need to be considered when assessing the severity of water damage and the repair options available to you. In addition to assessing what materials have been damaged by the water, there are other primary factors that go into deciding the method of repair or replacement as well as the extent of the damage.

When it comes to water damage restoration, bay area residents should call Vital Restoration. Water damage is our specialty.

Vital Restoration will respond to your call quickly, using the finest state-of-the-art equipment in the remediation industry. Our highly trained and experienced IICRC Certified Technicians will rapidly assess the situation and begin the emergency services best suited to the particular problem. Regardless of whether you have suffered a minor spill, burst pipe or catastrophic fire or flood, Vital Restoration will return your home, office or business to its pre-loss condition quickly and effectively.

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Site Survey

Vital Restoration will arrive at your home, office or business to complete a Site Survey using the most accurate industry tools available. Our state-of-the-art equipment, coupled with our technicians’ extensive experience in dealing with the behavior of water in the built environment, enables us to mitigate your damage quickly and efficiently. With any restoration effort, prompt action is of the utmost importance.

Water Damage

Unwanted water can enter the built environment through a variety of means. It does not take a large volume of water to cause expensive damage. Uncontrolled moisture inside a building can lead to possible microbial amplifications and potential health issues for residents if not quickly extracted. To mitigate water damage, the affected areas must be dried using a combination of water removal, extraction and dehumidification.

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Categories of Water

The following categories refer to the range of contamination found in water.

  • White Water – White water damage does not pose a substantial health concern. The most common instances of white water damage are caused by overflowing sinks, leaking appliances, or burst pipes. This is also the easiest category of water to fix, but should still be done in a timely manner as all water damage is serious, and can cause significant damage if ignored.
  • Grey Water – Grey water comes from a source that may cause sickness when exposed to or consumed. This may be water from a toilet bowl, or other sources that have been exposed to relatively mild chemicals or toxins. Grey water should be treated with caution, and needs to be handled quickly and safely by a professional.
  • Black Water – The third and most serious type of water source is black water. While not necessarily black in color, black water is completely unsanitary. Generally water from any type of flooding, be it river/rain water or seawater, is classified as black water and contains harmful bacteria.

Aside from the categories of water, there are also four different classes (aptly named classes I, II, III, and IV) given to the damage, which is based upon the rate of evaporation of the water from the damaged area.

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Categories of Water Damage

Primary Water Damage

Typically occurs in structures and contents as a result of direct, unintentional contact with water. Primary water damage may be a result of flooding, leaking pipes, spills, toilet overflow, running facets, roof leaks, swelling ground water through basement or crawlspace, and more.

Secondary Water Damage

Primary Water Damage can also cause secondary water damage, which is potentially as damaging to structures and contents. Secondary water damage occurs indirectly through condensation. Condensation is the process of changing a vapor into a liquid by the extraction of heat. Condensation is generally considered the opposite of evaporation. Evaporation is essential to the water damage restoration process.

Water Damage Restoration Process

Water damage restoration is a multi-step process. It involves eliminating the standing water, evaporating the remaining moisture and restoring your home to its former condition. Depending on the amount of damage, this may involve repairing or replacing walls or flooring, removing mold colonies and disposing of severely damaged or contaminated articles.

Water damage is not only a nuisance; it can be extremely dangerous. Standing water presents a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, even black mold. If left untreated, your wet floor can severely hinder your indoor air quality and spread a variety of different contaminants. Also, the damage to your personal property increases the longer you allow the water to persist.

When our water damage restoration effort is complete, your home, office or business will show no signs that any water damage had ever occurred. We take the time to meticulously remove every trace of moisture and every sign of damage, so that you can move on with your life without having to be constantly reminded of the past. When in need of water damage restoration, San Francisco and bay area residents should look no further than Vital Restoration.

Removal and Extraction

We begin with the removal of standing water (including mud, rain water & sewage) with the help of an industrial extractor. Our highly trained and experienced IICRC Certified Technicians remove water in carpeting, hardwood floors, drywall, ceilings — anywhere! Vital Restoration's emergency response to mitigate the risks of water damage can be done fairly quickly and efficiently, as not to interrupt your everyday life.


Dehumidification is critical, since the evaporation of primary water damage leads to secondary water damage. Using state of the art equipment, we maintain conditions to eliminate water vapor suspended in the air, by monitoring the temperature and relative humidity as water evaporates.

Additional Resources

Water Damage Remediation - Wikipedia

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With all types of damage, especially black and grey water, it is imperative to have the repairs done professionally and quickly by knowledgeable experts. Water damage can weaken beams, rot wood, rust pipes, cause illness, and ruin your quality of life. Don't let that happen to you.

At the first sign of water damage, call us for a free on-site water damage repair assessment. Vital Restoration specializes in water damage repair. We have years of experience in the field and we are available 24/7 so you will be sure to get an immediate response. Call us today and let us help you with your water damage repair issues.

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