Classes of Water Damage

Class 1 Water Damage

Class 1 Water Damage is the least harmful form of water damage. Materials absorb very little of the water from this type of damage. Water damage restoration is the easiest when it involves class 1 damage.

Class 2 Water Damage

Class 2 Water Damage has a fast rate of evaporation, which means that carpets and cushions most likely will be damaged. Water damage restoration is more difficult when it involves class 2 damage.

Class 3 Water Damage

Class 3 Water Damage has the quickest rate of evaporation. The water may come from broken sprinklers or other overhead sources, soaking the walls and furniture when it involves class 3 damage.

Class 4 Water Damage

Class 4 Water Damage requires special water damage restoration and water removal procedures. This type of damage may affect hardwood floors, plaster, and concrete when it involves class 4 damage.

Some Common Steps to Properly Remediate Mold From a Property Include

1. Repair and fix any sources of water leaks, water intrusion, and elevated humidity levels that lead to mold and water damage. Failure to properly rectify all sources of leaks, water intrusion, and elevated humidity levels will not only make it very difficult to properly remediate the mold growth, but failure to make the needed repairs will lead to future and reoccurring mold and water damage. Fix the leaks first.

2. Installation of containment barrier. The installation of the containment barrier is essential throughout the mold remediation process. Containment barrier is used in order to create a controlled environment, and prevent cross-contamination of mold, dust and contaminates throughout the remaining indoor environment of the home or business.

3. Remove and discard mold damaged porous items. Certain items that have been affected by mold, particularly porous items, will need to be discarded completely. Mold spores will embed themselves into porous items and can not be removed. Certain items require different methods in order to properly clean and decontaminate. Some samples of porous items that are sometimes beyond restoration include carpet, carpet pad, clothing and fabric furniture.

4. Installation of dehumidifiers and air scrubbers. Dehumidifiers and air scrubbers are used throughout the mold and water damage process. This is done in order to ensure that the water damaged building material is properly dried, and that mold spores, dust and contaminates are properly filtered using HEPA filtration.

5. Remove and discard all mold and water damaged building materials. Some common building materials that are typically removed during the mold and water damage restoration process include baseboards, drywall, carpet, carpet pad, wood and laminate flooring. All debris should be double bagged, tapped, sealed and properly cleaned before being removed from the established containment area.

6. HEPA vacuum and antimicrobial clean all exposed building materials and surfaces throughout the containment area. This includes a heavy detailed cleaning of all exposed studs, wall, ceilings and floors throughout the established containment area. Sometimes multiple detailed cleanings are required.

7. Air Conditioning and Ductwork. Big Easy Restoration always recommends that the HVAC system and associated ductwork be cleaned by a State Licensed and NADCA Certified Contractor in coordination with any mold remediation job. Mold spores travel through the air very easily and often find their way into the HVAC system and ductwork. When a HVAC system becomes contaminated by mold, mold can quickly spread and become a more large-scale issue throughout a home or business

8. Third Party Post Mold Inspection and Testing. Big Easy Restoration always recommends that a Third Party Post Mold Inspection and Testing be completed prior to the removal of the containment barrier, and reoccupying the affected space, home or business. Upon successful clearance from the Third Party Post Mold Inspection and Testing, the Mold Inspector will usually provide a Certificate or Letter of Clearance. At that point, the area is considered to be free of any elevated mold contamination, containment barrier can be removed, and the affected area is considered safe for re-occupancy.

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