Restoration Process / Classes of Water Damage / Categories of Water Damage

Restoration Process / Classes of Water Damage / Categories of Water Damage

Classes of Water Damage

  • Class 1 damage involves part of a room that has absorbed little moisture. It’s the least level of damage.
  • Class 2 damage has affected an entire room and has absorbed into carpeting and walls.
  • Class 3 damage has absorbed up into the walls, saturated most of the area, and may have come through the ceiling. Class 3 damage is considered the worst.
  • Class 4 damage requires specialty drying due damage done to materials such as hardwood, stone, and concrete.

Categories of Water Damage

  • Category 1 involves damage from a clean water source such as toilet tanks, broken pipes supplying clean water. Category 1 water damage can degrade into Category 2 or 3 if it sits too long.
  • Category 2 involves damage from “grey water,” such as washing machine or dishwasher water containing detergents. It may also involve water containing urine from toilet overflows.
  • Category 3 involves completely unsanitary water that can easily cause illness, disease, or death. Category 3 water comes from sewage, river flooding, and standing water that has begun growing bacteria and other microbes.

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