Water Damage Restoration
In many cases, home repair after a flood is more extensive than one can conceive just by looking. Often times, entire walls and floors need to be removed for the home to be considered safe and healthy to live in. This is because materials like wood, carpet, and drywall have a tendency to absorb water like a sponge and it becomes extremely difficult to completely remove all the moisture. If these materials aren’t replaced, they become a breeding ground for mold and other infectious organisms that make their way to the air and into your body, making you sick. Clothing, drapery, linens, heating and air conditioning systems, ducts, and shelves also often need to be totally replaced. So, with this information, please be patient and keep your expectations for your home repair open.
The first step that a professional will take when responding to water damage in a home is inspection. They’ll grade the water damage class and category to get a vague idea of what repairs and restorations will need to be done on the home, and what extra considerations there might be.
Classes of water damage vary based on how much the water has actually affected the structure of the home. They vary from class 1, where little moisture has been absorbed in just one room of a house, to class 4, where specialty drying is required because the materials that make up the home are completely soaked – even the stone, hardwood, and concrete. However, class 3 damage is considered the worst damage because the walls and most of the home itself has been saturated. This requires the greatest amount of work to repair and restore.
Categories of water damage vary from 1 to 3. Category 1 refers to flooding that was done from a clean water supply, which means that the hazardous and biological risk is minimal. Water that has sat for a while or come from an appliance, or contains urine, is a category 2. Category 3 is extremely risky and is the worst category of damage, because it includes water that is from a sewer or has been standing still for a while. This water is almost certainly festering with bacteria and other microbes, and will cause illness, disease, or even death of proper precautions are not taken.