Before Restoration Comes Classification — The 4 Classes of Water Loss

water damageBecause all water damage inside a home is not equal, effective water restoration services must be adaptable also. According to the specifics of the individual event, water inundation and the damage it wreaks can vary widely. To assess this variety of circumstances, water restoration specialists have developed a standardized rating system divided into four classes to quantify the water loss that caused the damage. This enables professionals to evaluate the particular requirements of the situation in advance and implement a proven plan of action to restore the healthy environment in your home.

The rating system expresses three factors: the amount of water, the predicated evaporation rate and the type of materials affected by water.

  • Class 1: Class one water losses demonstrate slow evaporation and involve only a quantity of water sufficient to affect part of a room. Materials affected are non-porous or low-absorbent and include plywood, particle board, vinyl tile and structural wood.
  • Class 2: This category includes water volume that affects the entire room and absorbent materials like cushions and carpeting that release evaporation quickly. Vertical seepage up walls is less than two feet and moisture may be held by structural components such as drywall.
  • Class 3: With the most rapid evaporation, this class involves water inundation from above through the ceiling. The entire room is affected, including elevated materials like insulation, ceiling tiles, draperies, and wallboard as well as furniture, cushions and carpeting.
  • Class 4: Class 4 water damage involves specialized situations where materials with very low porosity or absorbance have been submerged and saturated. This includes hardwood, concrete, plaster and masonry typically located in subfloors, basements and crawl spaces.

For more information about the different classes of water damage and water restoration services, contact Rytech at any one of our 28 centers in 17 states.

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