Water Conditions at the Olympics Explained

Sochi_WaterCorrespondents have been tweeting the poor circumstances in Sochi – the location of this year’s Winter Olympics. Some of them have been comical. But, some have been downright depressing. Through communications via social media, we have learned that some of the hotels had no running water at all – due to broken water mains – and several other hotel guests were told not to use the water on their faces, because it “contains something very dangerous”. Thus, causing travelers to wash their faces and brush their teeth with bottled water. Really living the Kardashian lifestyle in Sochi!

The picture above was sent by one of the Olympic journalists from her hotel room. And no, this was not an Instagrammed photo of their breakfast apple juice. This is water directly from the bathroom faucet. Based on this photo, this would be considered Category Two water. Either way, you would not want to drink it.

Did you know that there are three different categories of water damage when it comes to property damage restoration? The categories define the severity of contagion. Listed below is a brief breakdown explaining the three different, in an effort to give you a better understanding of what’s happening in those glasses in the picture above:

· Category 1: Water originates from a sanitary water source (i.e. ice maker, dishwasher, etc.).
· Category 2: Water contains major contagion and has the likelihood to cause illness or discomfort if consumed or contacted by people.
· Category 3: Water is grossly contaminated and can contain toxigenic or pathogenic or other destructive agents.

If your house floods, working with a restoration company that understands this concept is critically important in ensuring the cleanup and repairs to your house are executed correctly so you don’t need more costly repairs later, or even worse, the incorrect work leads to someone in your home getting ill.

So, while the hosts of this year’s Winter Olympics are being flooded with criticisms, the water damage restoration experts with Paul Davis are here to take care of your real floods in the States. No matter the category.

Cheers to a competitive, successful, and SAFE Winter Olympics, 2014!