Water damage restoration is important skillset. This is a service that involves going into a home or business after a wet disaster, such as flood, or burst pipes, and not just cleaning up the mess, but actually drying and repairing the substructures that high volumes of moisture will affect, such as plaster and drywall, wood, concrete, and metal. Oftentimes, we find homeowners who experience an influx of water, “clean” or “dry” to their visual satisfaction. However, one must ask oneself: “If that is how much water I can see or feel, how much is retained in areas of the walls, cavities, insulations’, carpet padding, cabinets, where I cannot see?”
Mold Growth Happens Fast:
Mold growth is a concern, of course, but there can be many other problems related to moisture damage; crumbling drywall and plaster, weakening beams and supports, rusting metal surfaces, insect infestation, and more. If the moisture is left to sit long enough, it will eventually result in the structure being ruined and compromised. When you call Hail Fire Restoration, our trained and Certified Water Damage Technician will be able to properly assess the situation and devise the best plan for repair in accordance with IICRC Standards.
Water Damage According To IICRC
According the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), which sets the standards for water damage restoration and drying, there are several different levels and classes involved in liquid destruction. From the IICRC’s S-500 standards, there are three categories describing the type of liquid involved:
Water Damage Categories
This is liquid from a clean and sanitary source, such as faucets, drinking fountains, etc. This is likely potable water. However, if left unmitigated, category one can quickly degrade into Category Two.
This category of liquid used to be called grey water, and is described as having a level of contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources include dishwasher or washing machine overflows, overflows from sinks or sink drains, and water from category one that has not been properly mitigated.
This is the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.
Water Damage Conditions Worsen If Let Untreated
Also, worth noting is that a simple sink overflow of potable water, if left unmitigated, quickly degrades into category two and three, leaving you and your family at risk for exposure to possible contaminants and illness.
When you encounter water damage, it’s important to make sure you hire a trained technician that has the right knowledge and tools for the job. Hail Fire Restoration has properly trained and Certified technicians in water damage restoration, and knows form a restoration plan specifically for your individual loss.
Water detection meters and Infrared cameras are used to tell the extent of the damage, then air movers, air scrubbers, different sizes and types of dryers and blowers, special hardwood dryers, and dryers designed specifically for drying the sub-floor and inner wall cavities are utilized to dry the structure. Armed with the right training and the proper tools, most situations are salvageable.