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Rising Tides: How to Handle Different Types of Water Damage

Chula Vista Tenants Catching Leaking Water In a BucketAre you looking for a restoration company to help deal with water damage in your Chula Vista rental property? Understanding the different classifications of water damage will help ensure that you hire a company with the right expertise as well as understand how the extent of the damage determines your repair bill and repair time. By knowing more about water damage classification, you can make more informed decisions throughout the restoration process.

According to the IICRC, an international organization dedicated to restoration and cleaning standards, there are four water and flood damage classes. Restoration companies use this classification system to determine the amount of water they will be dealing with, the extent of absorption and damage, and how long it will take for the property to dry before they can begin with the repairs.

Class 1 Water Damage

Class 1 damage can be said to be the water damage best-case scenario. There is minimal water absorption in this classification of water damage, and few highly porous materials (only about 5% or less) have been impacted. There is also little to no contamination in Class 1 damage since this is typically caused by clean water. Class 1 damage is fairly easy to repair once the water is removed.

Class 2 Water Damage

The next classification of water damage is Class 2. Class 2 water damage is similar to Class 1 but occurs when more porous materials – between 5 and 40% – are present in the impacted area. Water damage of this classification often happens when a pipe bursts or leaks inside of walls, soaking drywall or insulation. Situations like this typically need more time since the damaged material has to be removed and the structures underneath dried completely.

Class 3 Water Damage

Class 3 water damage is usually because of a major weather event or water main break. With a Class 3 water damage classification, you can expect that floodwater, storm damage, or other major water event has had a significant impact on the structure. Walls, floors, and other areas are likely soaked through, and more than 40% of the impacted area consists of porous materials. In addition to regular clean-up and restoration, the structure might need disinfecting given that the water may or may not have been clean. This makes repairing a home after Class 3 water damage a time-consuming affair.

Class 4 Water Damage

Finally, when large quantities of water have been absorbed by both porous and non-porous materials, it is a Class 4 damage. Class 4 damage is common after flooding, whether due to a storm or a major event. A classification of 4 means that even the home’s wooden structures are compromised, and it is a time-consuming and complex tax to get the structure completely dry. It is also very expensive. This is why it is essential to hire a restoration company that has the experience and specialized equipment to do the job correctly when you are dealing with Class 4 water damage.

Water damage of any kind can be a difficult experience for both rental property owners and tenants. It makes sense to call on professionals to help you get things back in working order in such situations. If your rental property needs more time and attention than you have to spare, give us a call. Our expert Chula Vista property managers will work with you and your tenants to get your property restored as quickly and efficiently as possible. Contact us online today.

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