Colorado Springs Water Damage Restoration: Article About Classifications Of Water Damage
Effective water damage remediation involves a complete and accurate assessment of the amount of damage done and the creation of a planned process for completely removing the damage. Water damage can be insidious because small amounts of water can seep into walls or flooring and remain invisible but cause damage over time by rotting away wood and creating mold. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification classifies both types of water and types of water damage to aid homeowners and cleaning agencies in understanding how to deal with the damage. A Colorado Springs water damage restoration professional will be able to help an owner fully understand the level of damage and the process for restoration.
The type of water that causes damage can have a significant impact on the level of restoration required. Water is organized into three categories primarily based on the water's cleanliness. The water may degrade in classification quickly if left standing or if it is exposed to additional contaminants.
Category one water is the cleanest water. This water is considered sanitary and could be ingested safely. It may include tap water, clean toilet water and water from broken or leaking clean water supply lines. If the amount of water is small and is treated quickly, category one water may be removed with simple drying.
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Category two water is considered to be water that is slightly contaminated and may cause mild illness if ingested. This includes used household water such as dishwater or washing machine overflow and water from the toilet that is mildly contaminated with urine but not solid waste. Damage from category two water may require more extensive cleaning to prevent illness.
Category three water is considered to be water that is severely contaminated and could cause serious illness or death if ingested. It includes sewage waste or any water with solid waste contamination, water from rivers or streams, flooding from rain or any water that has been left standing long enough to support microbial growth. Damage from category three water may require extensive cleaning and replacement of affected materials to prevent illness.
There are also four classifications of water damage depending on how deeply the water has saturated into the materials and the types of materials themselves. Class one damage involves only a small area and very little to no absorption. Class two affects a larger area, such as a room, and has absorption less than 24 inches. Class three damage affects a large area and has absorption greater than 24 inches. Class four damage requires specialty drying situations with very low relative humidity. This level of damage occurs when materials with very low permeability, such as hardwood, plaster, brick or concrete, have been deeply saturated. In general, the higher the classification, the more intense the drying and remediation process will be.