Water damage identification – “Disaster Cleanup”
There are 4 types or classes of water damage to identify:
Affects only part of a room or area, or larger area containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture, least amount of water, absorption and evaporation. Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion would be present.
Affects at least one entire room of carpet and furniture and cushion pads, water has trekked up walls less than 24 inches. There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil and involves a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation.
Water may have come from overhead. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and subfloor in virtually the entire area is saturated and generally involves the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation.
Wet materials with very low permeance/porosity like hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, light weight concrete and stone are in danger. Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity. These types of losses may require longer drying times and strictly professional methods.
Water source will also dictate the type of cleanup and extent of damage
Sanitary and potable water, which poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion or inhalation exposure. Although this water may be safely handled and cleaned by a non-professional, it may not always remain clean once encountering other surfaces, chemicals or materials.
There is significant contamination to the water providing a potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans or pets. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms and bacteria, as well as other chemical or biological materials.
Highly contaminated water that may contain pathogens, toxic or harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances and should never be handled without proper equipment.
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