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What are the different classifications of water damage loss?

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

home surrounded by flood water Although water damage can happen fast, there are ways to prevent a lot of it.

A quick reference guide from your Jacksonville water damage restoration neighbors.

Before Restoration Comes Classification. Here are the 4 Classes of Water Loss.

Although water damage is almost always devastating, it is not always the same regarding depth and scope. In fact, there are four distinct classes of water damage that a commercial or residential property can be subjected to. These classes demonstrate how widely water inundation and the damage it causes can vary. To distinguish between different levels of damage, water restoration experts utilize a standardized rating system that is broken down into the four classes that appear below:

Class 1

Class 1 water involves a level of water damage that only affects part of the room. This water also demonstrates a slow evaporation time. The materials affected by Class 1 water are low-absorbent and non-porous. They include things like structural wood, vinyl tile, particle board, and plywood.

Class 2

Class 2 damage includes a volume of water that impacts the entire room. This includes absorbent materials that can release evaporation quickly. Examples would include carpeting and cushions. The vertical seepage up the property owner's walls will be no more than two feet. Also, the moisture may be contained within structural elements like drywall.

Class 3

This class of water damage includes water inundation that comes through the property owner's ceiling. This water damage will affect the whole room, including materials that are elevated like draperies, ceiling tiles, and insulation. Class 3 water damage will also impact carpeting, cushions, and furniture in your water damaged home.

Class 4

Class 4 water damage pertains to special situations in which materials contain low levels of absorbance or porosity. These materials have been subjected to submergence and saturation. Affected materials can include masonry, plaster, concrete, and hardwood. This is especially the case for materials located in crawl spaces, basements, and subfloors.

Should You Remove, Cleanup and Repair Extensive Water Damage Yourself?

Irrespective of the class of water damage your Jacksonville property is subjected to, you likely want to eradicate it immediately. For this reason, many property owners rush online and access blog posts or web articles providing instructions regarding how to complete a DIY project. Don't take this course of action. DIY projects for water damage are always bad news because they make you susceptible to numerous health and safety hazards. On the other hand, industry professionals possess the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to complete the restoration work without endangering you or themselves in the process.

We are your Jacksonville area water damage restoration specialists. 

When water floods your home, don't worry. Instead, pick up the phone and call the trained professionals right down the street in Jacksonville. Flood cleanup and restoration services are one of our highly trained specialties.  Our IICRC-certified technicians work with impeccable passion to restore every nook and cranny of your home or office.

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East  is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency. Call us today! (904) 721-2230

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