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Three Types of Water Damage You NEED to Know About

Brentwood Rental Home Being Restored After a FloodAfter you hear about water damage, the odds are you instantaneously categorize it by what was damaged: ceiling or walls, floors, basement, or roof. While these are all common places for water damage to occur, most water damage is categorized based on what type of water caused the damage in the first place. There are actually three different types of water damage based on the contamination level of the water, each of which necessitates a different approach to clean up and restoration.

When water damage happens, most Brentwood property owners just want to get things back to how they were. But to do that as efficiently as possible, it’s important to know what the different categories of water damage are and what to do to address and repair your property after each one.

Category 1: Clean Water

The most common type of water damage inside res

identical properties are clean water damage. Clean water comes from broken plumbing in and around the house, including sinks and bathtubs, appliance hoses, and supply lines. Clean water damage is the easiest to prevent and clean up after because there is no concern about contamination or toxins in the water.

Whereas even clean water can cause mold if the water damage is not properly addressed, most of the time, clean water damage can be handled by the tenant, Brentwood property manager, property owner, or if dangerous enough, by a restoration company.

Category 2: Greywater

The second type of water damage is greywater damage. Greywater (also spelled graywater) is water that has by now been used. In a residential setting, greywater comes from the washing machine, the toilets, and bathtub drains. This wastewater is not just water – it contains chemicals, soap residue, detergent, and waste. For this reason, water damage caused by greywater can be more difficult to clean up. The affected area must be replaced and disinfected before being safe for continued use.

Category 3: Blackwater

The third main type of water damage is blackwater damage. Blackwater damage is the most extreme kind of water damage because it can result in serious health risks. Blackwater often includes sewage, seawater, river or groundwater, and even dishwashers. Blackwater carries harmful bacteria and diseases, which means you’ll need the right professionals to help you clean up and restore your property after blackwater damage.

Any items or materials damaged with blackwater must be removed and destroyed – they cannot be cleaned up. This includes flooring, drywall, furniture, doors, and so on. Then, the structures underneath must be completely dried and disinfected before renovations can begin.

Water damage can be difficult to deal with, both for you and your tenants. It’s important to know how to handle the different types of water damage to ensure their safety and quickly restore your property to habitable.


The simplest way to repair and prevent water damage is to employ Real Property Management One to manage your rental. Our team of rental property management experts can quickly assess the situation and take the appropriate steps to get your rental property back to business as usual. Contact us online to learn more.

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