If you live in a climate that has a rainy season, you will want to make sure that your home is well protected and that water is not able to enter your home. When there is a water leak inside of a building, chances are water damage will soon follow. It is important that problem is resolved before it becomes worse. One way the problem can be solved quickly is by hiring a water mitigation and restoration company.
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Water mitigation simply means the service or process to remove excess water from a building. This process also serves to minimize the amount of loss that has occurred, and to prevent further damage by protecting the affected property.
The Categories Of Water Damage
There are three different categories of water damage. The amount of mitigation and restoration that will be needed is based on the level or category of damage.
Category 1 is also known as clean water damage. This damage is caused by a water source that is not considered dangerous or toxic. Category 1 damage can occur from a washing machine or a broken pipe.
Category 2 is known as gray water. This water does contain a slight level of contaminants, and it does have the potential to cause sickness.
Category 3 is known as black water. This water is extremely unclean and dangerous. It contains pathogens that can make a person very ill. Black water is always water from an outside source such as a sewer.
The Classes Of Water Damage
In addition to water damage being categorized as clean or dirty, it is also classified based on how fast or slow the water evaporates.
Class 1 is called a slow evaporation rate. This type of evaporation usually only occurs in a section of an affected area. Materials that have low porosity absorb a small amount of moisture.
Class 2 is called a fast evaporation rate. This type of water damage means that the soft areas of the room are affect such as the carpeting and the furniture. The damage may have also entered the walls.
Class 3 is called a very fast rate of evaporation and this damage affects every area of the room including:
The last class of water damage is specific to materials such as hardwood floors and concrete. Special precautions must be taken so that these areas are dried properly. Low humidity drying must be used to remove water from these materials.
Water Mitigation And Restoration
It can be difficult if not impossible to clean your building after water damage has occurred. You would need to be the category of damage as well as the class of damage. A company that specializes in mitigation and restoration will be able to effectively and safely remove the water from your building. Property owners also do not need to worry about paying for the cleanup out of pocket because this type of cleanup is covered by most insurance companies. We work directly with your insurance company.
The Advantages Of Hiring A Professional Company
Companies that work to restore water damaged property have the skills, knowledge and equipment to restore your property by using a quick drying process. The company that you choose should be IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified, and use the latest equipment and tools during the restoration process.
A professional will also use devices that detect moisture to determine all of the areas of your building that have been affected by the water damage. These are areas that cannot be seen with the eye.
The technician will then use powerful chemicals and equipment to clean, sanitize and deodorize all affected areas. Industrial strength air blowers will make sure there are no traces of water left behind.
Water damage can quietly and quickly cause damage to your property that is not easily seen. A water mitigation and restoration company will use the proper equipment and techniques to help assure the property owner that their building is protected from mold and bacteria growth. They will also restore the property to its pre-flood condition.