Water Conditions at the Olympics Explained

Sochi_WaterReporters in Sochi have been live-tweeting how dreadful the conditions have been for the the 2014 Winter Olympics. Some of them have been funny. However, some have been downright depressing. Through social media communications, we have learned that some of the hotels had no running water at all – due to broken water mains – and several other hotel patrons were told not to use the water on their faces, because it “contains something extremely dangerous”. Thus, causing travelers to wash their faces and brush their teeth with bottled water. Living life like a Kardashian in Sochi, they are!

One journalist staying in Sochi tweeted the picture you see above, taken from her hotel bathroom. And no, this isn’t an Instagrammed photo of their breakfast apple juice. This is water straight out of the bathroom faucet. Based on this photo, this would be considered Category Two water. Whatever the case, you would not want to drink it.

You may not have bee aware of this, but there are actually 3 different categories of water damage in the world of property damage restoration. The categories define the severity of pollution. Below is a brief breakdown of the three, in an effort to give you a better idea of what’s happening in those glasses shown above:

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

If your house floods, working with a restoration company that understands this concept is critically important to ensure the cleanup and repairs to your house are executed correctly so you don’t need more costly repairs down the road, or worse, the incorrect job leads to a member of the household getting sick.

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

Here’s to a successful, competitive, and SAFE Winter Olympics, 2014!