Water Damage Levels

Posted by: on June 11, 2014

The IICRC recognizes four classes of destruction when trying to determine how bad the damage is to your property.

“• Class 1. The lowest and easiest to deal with, this has a slow evaporation rate. Only part of a room or area was affected, there is little or no wet carpet, and the moisture has only affected materials with a low permeance rate, such as plywood or concrete.
• Class 2. With a fast evaporation rate, this level affects an entire room, carpeting, or cushioning, the wetness has wicked up the walls at least 12”, and there is moisture remaining in structural materials.
• Class 3. This class has the fastest evaporation rate, and ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors are all saturated. The liquid may have come from overhead.
• Class 4. This class is labeled as specialty drying situations, which means there has been enough liquid and time to saturate materials with very low permeance, such as hardwood, brick, or stone.” – “The Basics of Water Restoration Training.” IICRC Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. 11 June 2014.

When accessing damage on your property, recognizing the level of saturation and the materials involved can help you determine the amount of time and effort it is going to take to restore the destruction. Water damage isn’t always quick and easy to fix, but being informed can help you expedite response time and mitigate costs.

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