The proper understanding of water damage comes when we understand the basics like the definition, categories and classes of water damage. Water damage restoration services are one of the essential industries in the disaster management business. Water damage can result in damages that cost millions of dollars so it is important for anyone who is about to start a water damage restoration services business to understand well the following points in order to be able to manage the business well.
• Define water damage:
It is the damages that result from water that may reach millions of dollars. The damages should not necessarily result from water but they may be the results of wood rotting, steel rusting and many other damages forms.
• Categories of water damage:
There are three categories of water damage that need to be differentiated well.
1. Category no.1:
The first category includes the water sources that are not threats to humans which are known as clean water sources. Examples are the broken water supply lines, when a tub or sink overflows, and the appliance malfunctions including the lines of water supply.
2. Category no.2:
The second category includes the water sources that have a degree of chemical, physical or biological contaminants. The water in this category is known as the grey water. When living creatures consume or got exposed to it, it makes them sick as it has harmful organisms that consume the nutrients in this grey water.
3. Category no.3:
The third category includes unsanitary agents such as harmful bacteria and fungi. These harmful agents cause severe discomfort or sickness to the living creatures exposed to them. The water in this category is known as black water.
The evaporation rate determines the water damage class. The evaporation rate is based on the affected materials, wetness and the place of the water damage. Determination of the water class is the first step of the whole restoration process. Here are the water damage classes.
1. Class no. 1:
It has a slow evaporation rate and the water affects only a part of the room. The materials affected have little moisture absorbed.
2. Class no. 2:
It has a fast evaporation rate and the water affects all the room with its carpets and furniture. The water reaches the wall of the room but it does not exceed 24 inches.
3. Class no. 3:
It has a fast evaporation rate and the water affects the whole place.
4. Class no. 4:
This class is made specifically for drying solution as drying requires a low level of humidity to be accomplished.
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