Water damage is one of the most common problems facing homes and businesses.
Water intrusion and flooding can occur in many different places in residential or commercial property. Apppliances like dishwashers or toilets can fail. Drain lines can clog or back up. Pipes in walls or under homes can burst – even in concrete footing or slabs.
Water damage problems can also come from outside the property. Flooding often occurs during heavy rain. Strong winds can push rain underneath shingles, causing perfectly good roofs to spring leaks – which can lead to severe damage throughout your home or business.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets water damage guidelines. Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling handles all three of the IICRC categories:
Clean water intrusion, such as a pipe breaking in a wall. Water needs to be extracted and the home or building can be dried with minimal to no deconstruction. The drying process usually takes one to three days. Time and temperature can turn a Category I situation into a Category II, as well as existing conditions like soiled carpets or existing pet contamination.
The presence of “grey water” – some level of biological contaminants in the water source. This could be from a toilet bowl or washing machine overflow. Category II water can cause allergenic discomfort and possible sickness with certain conditions. The contaminated water needs to be extracted and porous materials must be removed, disinfected and/or cleaned. A Category II situation can escalate into a Category III quickly, also due to time and temperature.
“Black water” with high levels of contamination is present. This can cause serious health issues and make a building inhabitable. Cleanup can take as little as a day, but it can take much longer if specialized cleanup processes are required.
Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling also works with all classifications of water loss:
Water has only affected part of a room and moisture has wicked up the walls and structure less than one foot, or 12 inches. If handled immediately, most water losses can be contained to this class.
Water has affected the entire room, including the carpeting and padding. Water has wicked up the walls two feet (24 inches) or less. There is moisture in structural materials like wood framing, subfloors, plywood and concrete.
Source of water is from overhead such as a pipe in the attic or from a second story. All building materials are potentially affected. Humidity would be elevated compared to the unaffected sections of the property.
Specialty drying situations where materials like hardwood floors or plaster walls are dramatically affected. Drying out these materials can require very focused humidity control or slow, controlled efforts with specialty equipment so as not to damage them.