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Rising Tides: How to Handle Different Types of Water Damage

Airway Heights Tenants Catching Leaking Water In a BucketAre you looking for a restoration company to help deal with water damage in your Airway Heights rental property? Understanding the different classifications of water damage will help ensure that you hire a company with the right expertise as well as understand how the extent of the damage determines your repair bill and repair time. If you know about water damage classification, you are more likely to make informed decisions throughout the restoration process.

According to the IICRC, an international organization dedicated to restoration and cleaning standards, there are four water and flood damage classes. Restoration companies use this classification system to determine the amount of water they will be dealing with, the extent of absorption and damage, and how long it will take for the property to dry before they can begin with the repairs.

Class 1 Water Damage

The water damage best-case scenario would be Class 1 damage. There is minimal water absorption in this classification of water damage, and few highly porous materials (only about 5% or less) have been impacted. Since Class 1 damage is usually caused by clean water, there is little to no contamination. Once the water is removed, Class 1 damages can usually be repaired quickly.

Class 2 Water Damage

The next classification of water damage is Class 2. Class 2 water damage is similar to Class 1 but occurs when more porous materials – between 5 and 40% – are present in the impacted area. Water damage of this classification often happens when a pipe bursts or leaks inside of walls, soaking drywall or insulation. Situations like this typically need more time since the damaged material has to be removed and the structures underneath dried completely.

Class 3 Water Damage

Class 3 water damage is usually caused by a major weather event or water main break. When water damage is classified as Class 3, that means that the structure has had significant damage from flood water, storm damage, or other major water events. Walls, floors, and other areas are likely soaked through, and more than 40% of the impacted area consists of porous materials. Since the water may or may not be clean, disinfecting would be required on top of regular clean-up and restoration. This makes repairing a home after Class 3 water damage a time-consuming affair.

Class 4 Water Damage

Finally, when both porous and non-porous materials have absorbed large quantities of water, you have Class 4 damage. Class 4 damage is very noticeable after flooding, whether due to a storm or other major event. This means even the home’s wooden structures are compromised, and drying the entire structure can be very time-consuming and complex. Not to mention, it is also usually very expensive. This is why it is essential to hire a restoration company that has the experience and specialized equipment to do the job correctly when you are dealing with Class 4 water damage.

Water damage of any type can be difficult for rental property owners and their tenants, too. It is a good idea to rely on the professionals to help get things back to the way they were. If your rental property needs more time and attention than you have to spare, give us a call. Our expert Airway Heights property managers will work with you and your tenants to get your property restored as quickly and efficiently as possible. Contact us online today.

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