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Categories and Classes of Water Damage

A house is often considered as one of our biggest investments, which is why necessary steps have to be taken in order to protect it from damages. However, water damage, which is a common issue in most homes, can still happen no matter how many precautions are taken.

Water damage stems from a variety of sources and can come in different forms, each requiring different treatments. Learn about them from the professionals at ServiceMaster by Reed.

Common Causes Of Water Damage

Water damage must be treated as early as possible in order to avoid material and structural damage, as well as health risks associated with mold growth. Mold exposure can cause the following:

Water comes in different categories, which are necessary to the water damage restoration process. Here are the three categories of water according to the IICRC Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration (IICRC S500):

Classes of Water Damage

Determining the class of water damage is also important when assessing water damage repair options.

Class 1

Class 1 is the least harmful. Materials absorb a negligible amount of water as a result of this form of damage. Water damage restoration is the easiest in this case.

Class 2

Due to its rapid evaporation rate, Class 2 may cause damage to carpets and upholstery. Water damage repair is more challenging.

Class 3

Class 3 evaporates at the quickest rate. In this situation, the water may have been soaked into the walls and furniture by damaged sprinklers or other above sources.

Class 4

Class 4 necessitates the use of specialized water repair and water removal techniques. This form of damage is particularly destructive to hardwood floors, plaster, and concrete.

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ServiceMaster by Reed is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (954) 922-2020 to provide residential and commercial water damage restoration in Miami, Florida and the surrounding areas.

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