Water Damage Restoration : A brief Preview

Water damage Restoration : What exactly is it?

It is the process of repairing a house or property to its pre loss condition. Damage to the property could be because of an overflow, flood or any other water damage event. The water damage restoration process involves several key procedures like loss assessment, categorization based on the water contamination levels, decontaminating and blow drying the structure, monitoring of the process and the end of the process. There are two large certifying bodies, which is the IICRC (Institute of Test, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and the RIA (Restoration Industry Association) that recommends standards for water damage restoration. The S500 damage due to water guide is the benchmark tool that is as used by companies that specialize in restoration of water damage.

Loss Assessment and Categorization

Loss evaluation is the first and the most important step in water damage restoration. The assessment has to be correct so that an appropriate response can be taken. In restorating the damage caused by water, technicians and the insurance companies must work together and determine what is damaged and how to go about restoring the damage. water smoke Identifying the foundation of the damage, documentation of damage, and accurate estimates are mandatory for a proper water damage restoration. Categorization is based on the contamination levels of the water source. The categories are listed below

This is water from clean sources like water lines, basins and toilets without faeces or urine.

This is water that has some impurities like water from a dishwasher, model or lavatory with urine.

This is water that is highly unsanitary and is capable of causing illness or death if taken in. Sewage water, water from lavatory with faeces, standing water with microbial growth and floodwater are some examples.

Decontamination and Blow drying

After the evaluation is complete, the process of blow drying and decontaminating begins at the site. Based on the extent of damage, damage caused due to water can be classified into 4 types. Class 1 Damage- When loss is restricted to a small area and less water has been absorbed by materials. This results in slow evaporation rate. Class 2 Damage : When the damage is to the entire room and carpet area. Class 3 Damage : When the entire area is saturated with water and Class 4 Damage : when there are many deep saturation pockets. Decontamination and blow drying is a key stage in Water damage restoration and equipments like blowers, dehumidifiers, scrubbers and subfloor blow drying equipments have to be used. Decontamination has to be done if contamination has been detected in the neighborhood. Decontamination may be done for the entire area or in specific pockets where contamination has been detected.

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