Time is not your friend when you’re dealing with water damage – if you have or suspect you have water damage, do not delay in calling for help and repair from your trusted contractor.
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After the Water Recedes
Parker Water Damage in a home can be a frightening prospect. Whether the damage is from a
storm or from a leaking pipe, the water can cause untold amounts of damage to the structure as
well as all the belongings inside it. Time is not your friend when you’re dealing with water
damage – if you have or suspect you have water damage, do not delay in calling for help and
repair from your trusted contractor.
One of the first things that need to be determined when there is water damage is what kind of
water caused it. There are three categories of water, rated on their contamination level.
Category One is clean, sanitary water, also known as clear water. This most commonly is found
in clean water supply lines, such as those leading to a faucet, or in bottled drinking water. While
this water has little or no contamination in itself, it can degrade into a higher category quickly if
it comes into contact with outside contaminants in the environment.
Category Three water, also known as black water, is grossly unsanitary, containing a high level
of contamination. It can cause severe illness or even death if ingested. Sources of this kind of
water include sewage, flooding from rivers, wind-driven rain, and standing water that supports
bacterial growth. If left untreated, all water will eventually reach this level of contamination as it
comes into contact with bacteria and other microbes.
Extent of the Damage
Once the water contamination level has been determined, it is next necessary to determine the
extent of the damage.
Class One Prosper Water Damage generally only affects a small area, or affects an area with
very little porosity such as concrete. With no wet carpet or other highly porous materials, class
one damage is the least dangerous and the easiest to repair.
Class Two damage can affect an entire room, and often includes carpet. Water may also have
soaked into the walls up to 2 feet. There may be moisture in the structural materials of the
Class Three water damage is total saturation of walls, ceilings, insulation, carpet, and walls.
Water often comes from overhead in these situations.Class Four damage is reserved for unique
or specialty drying situations, in which materials with low porosity (such as hardwood, plaster,
brick, stone, or concrete) have become saturated. There may be very deep pockets of saturation.
Repair will begin with inspection of the area with water sensing equipment, including probes and
infrared tools, to locate the source of the damage and its extent. The source of the water will be
repaired if possible, such as a leaking pipe. Some damaged materials such as drywall and carpet
will be removed and replaced, while other materials such as structural beams or concrete will be
dried. Other restoration services will include sanitizing contaminated areas and deodorizing the
affected area.After this labor is completed, equipment for drying such as air movers or scrubbers,
dehumidifiers, and specialty floor drying systems may be left in your home for a few days, to
ensure that the area is completely dried. If any water is allowed to remain in the area,
contamination will continue, causing mold and bacteria growth. After two or three days (or
however long is necessary), the area will be reevaluated to be sure that the drying process is
complete, and drying equipment will be removed.
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