Water Damage 101

By December 13, 2018Water
Water Damage 101

Water Damage 101

Water damage can be caused by small leaks or a flood. Dealing with water damage in a Miami home or business can be stressful, frustrating, and emotional. A lot of destruction is caused by water, and it can be incredibly messy. There are different categories of water damage and understanding these, as well as water damage classes, will give you an idea of how the problem can be mitigated. [A Step by Step Water Damage Restoration Guide]

Categories of Water Damage

Category 1

Sometimes referred to as clean water damage, this type of water damage occurs when a water line, faucet, toilet tank, drinking fountain or other source springs a leak or breaks. This water is considered clean because it is not contaminated with debris or other pathogens. However, if this issue is not cleaned up quickly and efficiently, it can absolutely turn into a bigger problem.

Category 2

Category 2 has substances in it that may cause discomfort or illness if ingested. It may be called grey water damage. This water can come from sources such as washing machines, dishwashers, toilets with urine and no feces, or other places where the water has been used.

Category 3

This water contains contaminants that are unsanitary and dangerous. If ingested, this water could cause serious illness or even death in extreme cases. It may be referred to as unsanitary or black water damage. This water often comes from a sewer backup, streams or rivers that have overflowed, toilets that contained feces, or water that has become stagnant and allowed bacteria to grow.

Classes of Water Damage in Miami

Class 1

Water damage in this class has the least amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. The damage only impacts part of a room or area. If a larger space is affected, the materials in that space have absorbed little to no moisture. There is little or no wet carpet and/or carpet pad present.

Class 2

This classification involves a large amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. At least the entire room is affected, and the carpet and pad are wet. In addition, water will have gone up the walls to less than 24 inches. Moisture will also be present in substructure soil and structural materials.

Class 3

This classification incorporates the greatest amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. The entire room or area will have ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, carpet pads, and subflooring that is saturated with water that possibly could have come from overhead.

Class 4

This classification is reserved for drying situations that require special methods or longer drying times. It may include materials with low permeance or porosity such as hardwood, stone, plaster, brick, or concrete. In general, deep pockets of saturation exist that require low specific humidity.

Knowing the categories and classes of water damage in Miami will give you a better idea of the different places this fluid can come from and how it impacts your home or office. It also allows you to realize that the extent of damage can be minimal to severe and cleaning up may be as simple as using a few towels to blot up the mess or calling in professionals to help.

Causes of Water Damage in Miami

There’s really no way to prepare for water damage, but there are ways to deal with it after it has occurred. Bad weather conditions can contribute to water damage, including heavy rains that get in through leaky roofs or poorly sealed foundations, as can flooding. Some other common causes of water problems include backed up sinks or toilets and broken pipes.

Depending on the size of the damage, you may need to call in an expert to fix the problem. Finding a restoration company that has the expertise, experience, and equipment to ensure that the process is done right and reduces the health risks to the occupants of the home or office building is important.

Water damage in Miami can also come from another source: hurricanes. Being prepared for this natural disaster is important, and taking some steps may help reduce the amount of destruction that occurs.

When it comes to damage caused by water, it’s never an easy or fun thing to deal with. Depending on the type of water that gets into the home and how much floods the area, the structure and occupant health may be compromised. Getting this issue remediated quickly and efficiently is important.

Technicians at Total Care Restoration have the expertise to help you with your water damage needs. We are available 24/7 and can be at your home or business night or day to remediate the water damage and get your life back in order.

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