Residential Water Damage – Defined
Category 1 Water
Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and classified as “Clean Water”. Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.
Category 2 Water
Refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when exposed or even consumed. Known as “Grey Water”. This type carries micro organisms and nutrients of micro organisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.
Category 3 Water
Known as “Black Water” and is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category is contaminated water sources that affect the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water. Category 2 Water or Grey Water that is not promptly removed from the structure and or have remained stagnant may be re classified as Category 3 Water. A toilet back flow that originates from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water contamination regardless of visible content or color.
Most water damage results from damaged pipes or pipe valves that are not fixed in time or suddenly fail, which creates several problems for the owner of the home. Time is of the essence you need immediately response to reduce the Water Damage floors carpet and wood alike get destroyed and compromised. The same thing can happen to drywall and cabinets. Drywall and cabinets soaked with water will probably need to be replaced entirely if not acted on fast and by professionals Few tile or wood floors can withstand serious water leaks. Even minor leaks can require expensive repairs. Water Damage Rescue Team crews are equipped with the most updated effective equipment to date to help find and stop the water source and stop the damages The water extraction and structural drying process must also be completed correctly the first time, since failure to do so will only result in more serious problems such as mold down the road.
Experience is the Key
Knowing the class of water damage dictates the drying out process and the equipment to be used see below
Class of water damage (1) (2) (3)
Knowing the class of water is determined by the probable rate of evaporation based on the type of materials affected, or wet, in the room or space that was flooded and is an important 1st step, and will determine the amount and type of equipment utilized to dry-down the structure.
Class 1 – Slow Rate of Evaporation. Materials have low permeance / porosity Affects only a portion of a room. Minimum moisture is absorbed by the materials.
Class 2 – Fast Rate of Evaporation. Water affects the entire room of carpet and cushion. May have traveled up the walls, but not more than 24 inches. Class 3 – Fastest Rate of Evaporation. Water generally comes from overhead, affecting the entire area; walls, ceilings, insulation, carpet, cushion, etc.
Class 4 – Specialty Drying includes hardwood floors, concrete, crawlspaces, plaster, etc. Drying generally requires very low specific humidity to accomplish drying.
Different removal methods and measures are used depending on the category of water. Due to the destructive nature of water, restoration methods also rely heavily on the amount of water, and on the amount of time the water has remained stagnant. For example,
Water Damaged Carpet
Carpet that has not been wet from tap water for longer than 48 hours, you can usually save the carpet; however, if the water has soaked for longer, and your carpet old and worn: it will have to be replaced. Our professionals will make the decision to replace it based on his or hers experience. The advice of our certified professional water damage restoration specialist is often regarded as the safest way to restore water damaged property due to their training and extensive experience and they can help speed repairs, whether for individual homeowners or for the largest of institutions. Fire and Water Restoration companies are regulated by the appropriate state’s Department of Consumer Affairs – usually the state contractor’s license board. (See Licensed attached) Visit the D B P R ref Donal Dillon License holder and owner
Hardwood Floor Drying and Emergency Services
Water allowed to sit on natural or engineered hardwood floors can wreak havoc on your flooring and sub flooring. It’s important to act quickly when water damage affects your the hardwood floors. Even the smallest amount of water will cause floors to swell, buckle and crack Water must be removed from your hardwood floors immediately whether it is from a flood, leaky roof, slab leaks or busted pipe, and begin the drying process promptly. It is difficult to correct the problem once water damage has occurred to your wood floors and, more likely than not, they must replace your hardwood floors if you don’t dry them in a timely manner. Excess moisture from the flooded condition must be removed as soon as possible. If cupping of flooring is the only adverse result, drying of the floor promptly is necessary.
Drying, Deodorizing and Disinfecting Contents
Professionally drying, deodorizing and disinfecting the areas flooded or damaged by water, we help minimize water damage to walls, hardwood floors, carpeting and ceilings. Water Damage Rescue Team are a full service provides offering all our experience in Inventory documentation, Cleaning contents, Packing contents, Moving contents, and complete remodeling and build-back
Water Damage Rescue Team provides 24-hour, 365 days-a-year emergency clean-up services by using state-of-the-art equipment and a highly trained Staff that is ready to respond to any size water damage restoration or water extraction job. We will prepare a professional estimate free of charge detailing the scope of work and how long it will take to be completed