Water Damage Repair Pasadena
WHAT IS WATER DAMAGE?
Water damage restoration
Water damage is the loss of properties due to water entering areas that causes destruction of materials or systems, such as rusting of metal, rotting of wood or malfunctioning electrical devices. There are many sources that causes water damage: broken pipe, floods, washing machine overflow, clogged toilet, hurricanes, broken dishwasher hose or even water from putting out a fire. These damages could be created by slow water entry or fast water entry and have different levels of classes and categories depending on the how bad the water is and the amount of destruction it causes.
Since the effects of water damage can spread out quickly, it needs immediate attention. Considering how water damage can be complicated when identifying which items has been damaged and how to repair the damage, it is a better option to call a professional to provide water damage repair, especially for flooding damage repair. Quality water damage restoration must be done with proper knowledge, experience, equipment and most importantly, speed. Drying out the home or business fast reduces the chance of secondary water damage such as mold growth, damage to framing, flooring and drywall. It can also damage arts, books and papers, usually caused by humidity or moisture.
CATEGORIES OF DAMAGE
There are different categories of water damage. These categories determine the severity of the water condition.
Category 1: This is damaged caused by what is called “clean water”. This means water from a clean or sanitary source, such as faucets, drinking fountains, toilet tanks etc.
Category 2: This is damaged caused by “grey water” which is water that is contaminated and that can be harmful if ingested. The source of grey water could be from a dishwasher overflow, washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with urine and broken pipe from sink drain.
Category 3: This category is the worst classification. In this case the damage was done by “black water” which is grossly unsanitary. This will require the residents to leave the home or the business to shut down for during the water damage repair due to the fact that if black water is ingested, it can cause severe illness or death. The common sources are floods from rivers or stream, toilet overflow with feces, water with bacterial growth and sewer backup.
There are also different classes that determines the intensity of the water damage by the amount of water, absorption and evaporation.
Class 1: This is the lowest class which represents the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation rate. In this class, only part of a room has been affected, there is little to no moisture in the carpet.
Class 2: This affects an entire room, carpet or cushion. The wetness has wicked up the walls less than 2 feet high and there is moisture remaining in structural material of the building such as plywood, particleboard, structural wood, concrete.
Class 3: This has the fastest evaporation rate and the water wicked up more than 2 feet high. This can also mean the water damage effected your ceilings, walls, carpets, insulations, sub-floor, and cushions. Most likely the water came from an overhead leakage.
Class 4: This class of water damage is labeled as specialty drying situations, meaning there has been enough water and time to saturate materials with very low permeance, such as hardwood, brick, or stone, concrete, plaster.
Always be quick to respond when water damage takes place since it can spread quickly and create more costly damage by destroying valuable items and the amount of work required to repair the flooding damage. It is important to also be knowledgeable on the class and category so you can be properly inform on the progress of the water damage restoration