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Rising Tides: How to Handle Different Types of Water Damage

Catonsville Tenants Catching Leaking Water In a BucketAre you dealing with water damage in your Catonsville rental property, and are you looking for a restoration company to help with the clean-up? To be sure that you are hiring a company with the right expertise, you must have an understanding of the different classifications of water damage and how that will determine your repair bill and repair time. By knowing more about water damage classification, you can make more 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. This classification system used by most restoration companies tells them how much water they have to deal with, the extent of the absorption and damage, and how long it will take for the property to dry so they can commence with the repairs.

Class 1 Water Damage

Class 1 damage would be the best-case scenario among all water damages. There is minimal water absorption in this classification of water damage, and few highly porous materials (only about 5% or less) have been impacted. There is also little to no contamination in Class 1 damage since this is typically caused by clean water. Most of the time, Class 1 damage can be repaired as soon as the water is removed.

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. This classification of water damage usually occurs when there is leaking or bursting of pipes inside of walls, soaking drywall, or insulation. Typically, more time is needed to remove the damaged material as well as to ensure that all structures underneath have dried completely.

Class 3 Water Damage

Class 3 water damage is usually because of 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. The water may or may not be clean, meaning disinfecting could be required in addition to regular clean-up and restoration. This makes repairing a home after Class 3 water damage a time-consuming affair.

Class 4 Water Damage

Lastly, Class 4 damage is when both porous and non-porous materials have absorbed large quantities of water. You often see Class 4 damage as a result of flooding due to a storm or other major event. A classification of 4 means that even the home’s wooden structures are compromised, and it is a time-consuming and complex tax to get the structure completely dry. It also usually costs more to repair and restore. When it is a Class 4 water damage, it is a must to hire a restoration company with adequate experience and specialized equipment to get the job done correctly.

Water damage of any type can be difficult for rental property owners and their tenants, too. It is wise to rely on professionals to help get things back in order in such situations. If your rental property needs more time and attention than you have to spare, give us a call. Our expert Catonsville 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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