Water Conditions at the Olympics Explained

Sochi_WaterReporters have been tweeting the dreadful situations in Sochi – the location of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Some have been humorous. However, some have been downright sad. Through communications, 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 extremely dangerous”. Thus, causing travelers to brush their teeth and wash their faces with bottled water. Really living the Kardashian lifestyle in Sochi!

The photo above was shared by one of the reporters from her hotel bathroom. And no, this is not 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 2 (or maybe 3) water. Whatever the case, you would not want to drink it.

Did you know that there are 3 different categories of water damage when it comes to property damage restoration? The categories define the severity of contamination. Shown below is a brief breakdown explaining the three, just to give you a better idea of what’s happening in those glasses in the picture above:

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

Should your house ever flood, working with a restoration company that understands this concept is critically important to ensure the cleanup and repairs to your property are done correctly so you don’t need more costly repairs later, or worse yet, the wrong job leads to someone in your home getting ill.

While the hosts of the 2014 Winter Olympics are being flooded with complaints, the water damage restoration professionals at Paul Davis are here to take care of your real floods in the States. No matter the category.

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