Water Damage Repair: Do You Need Expert Help?

Water Damage Repair Phoenix AZ

Created February 26, 2014

Updated July 15, 2016

Water Damage Phoenix AZ
Water Damage Phoenix AZ

When it comes to water damage repair in your Phoenix, AZ home or facility, you shouldn’t leave things to chance. Unfortunately, the thought of saving money throws many homeowners into a whirlwind of DIY projects, and water damage repair often happens to be one of them. Water damaging your home doesn’t need to be as far reaching or serious as floodwater taking over the very foundation, it could be something as seemingly harmless as a leaking tub or a plumbing problem.

Make no mistake, water damage is serious business that needs to be dealt with the moment it affects your property. It may seem like a good idea to postpone the process of repair, but the fact is, the longer you wait, the more damage your home will incur in the process.

Mold And Mildew Strike First

First off, water damage can lead to mold and mildew that can spread and affect the very foundation of your home. Even if you only see what appears to be a small bit of drywall that’s affected, rest assured that there could be plenty more where that came from.

Water damage repair experts know where to look for other signs of trouble and they’re able to help with the remediation process to ensure that your home is once again a safe and non-toxic environment.

Water Needs To Be Pumped Out

Depending on the amount of water that’s in your home, it may need to be properly pumped out. It’s important for you to understand that when water floods into your home, whether from a natural or artificial source, it can be toxic and filled with chemicals, fecal matter, and bacteria. This is not something you should be directly coming into contact with and it’s wise to leave it to the experts.

Your Home Needs To Be Dried Out

Letting your home air dry and hope for the best is never a good idea. The above scenario about mold and mildew is very much the truth. In order to prevent a potential safety threat in your home, it will need to be completely dried out. Experts can help you salvage your belongings, remove them, and dry your residence using industrial grade fans.

Water damage is more dangerous than many homeowners are led to believe. If your home is in need of repair and remediation, it’s always best to hire water damage repair experts in your locality. They will be trained in the major IICRC categories and classes of liquid destruction and will know how to appropriately respond in efforts of water damage repair. An assessment of what category and class a liquid destruction event falls into will guide the water damage repair plan. Here are the IICRC categories and classes.1

Categories of Water Damage

Water Damage Repair Phoenix AZ and surrounding areas
Water Damage Repair Phoenix AZ

The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is the organization that sets the standard for water damage repair training. The IICRC identifies three categories in the event of liquid destruction.

Category 1 – This category refers to liquid that is clean or sanitary in its composition and source. This could include, but is not limited to, drinking fountains, sink faucets, and showers. It is important to note that a Category 1 liquid destruction can degrade into a Category 2 if cleanup of the water damage is not performed in a timely manner.

Category 2 – Liquid destruction in this category involves what used to be called “grey water.” These liquids will contain harmful contaminates that can cause an array of illness if exposed to. Sources of Category 2 liquids can include, but are not limited to, water leaking from household appliances like a dishwasher or laundry washing machine, sink drains, and toilet overflows containing urine.

Category 3 – The most severe category, this refers to highly unsanitary liquid destruction and used to be called “black water.” Exposure to Category 3 liquid destruction can cause severe illness and in some cases death. Sources of this category include, but are not limited to, sewer backup, river or stream flooding, toilet overflows that contain feces, and standing water that has grown bacteria and/or mold.

Classes of Water Damage

Class 1– The first class of water damage is identified by a slow evaporation rate. In these events there is partial effect to the room with little to no effect on the carpet. Only the materials that have a low permeance rate have been mostly affected. Materials such as concrete or plywood.

Class 2 – This class has a faster evaporation than Class 2 such that it affects most of the room. More materials are impacted by Class 2 water damage including carpet, upholstery, walls, and more. It is characteristic in this event to see the walls displaying wetness up to a foot above the floor level. Moisture can still me measured in structural materials.

Class 3 – The evaporation rate in this class is the highest as it affects the entire room. The carpet, walls, ceiling, insulation, and more are impacted by wetness. In these events it is common to find that the liquid came from above.

Class 4 – This class is referred to by the IICRC as “specialty drying situations.” This means that time and volume of liquid have been strong factors in the wetness and even materials with low permeance are saturated. Such materials as stone, brick, or hardwood. This would be common in the case of a major flooding event where the inhabitants were forced to leave because of the dangers of Category 3 water. This flooding can take a long time to subside from the building and consequently an ample amount of time and water has been available for a Class 4 situation.

Angie Hicks for Angie’s List talks about the importance of acting quickly and working with a local and professional company to handle water damage repair.

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If you need water damage repair services in Phoenix, AZ & surrounding areas, contact Carpet Cleaning Pros Phoenix at 602-903-3005 or request a call back through our Contact form. Here is a quick list of cities in the Phoenix area that we serve. If you don’t see your city, still give us a call. We most likely do service your area.

  • Apache Junction, AZ
  • Avondale, AZ
  • Buckeye, AZ
  • Chandler, AZ
  • El Mirage, AZ
  • Fountain Hills, AZ
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Glendale, AZ
  • Goodyear, AZ
  • Litchfield, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Paradise Valley, AZ
  • Peoria, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Surprise, AZ
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Tolleson, AZ

References

  1. Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 2016. “The Basics of Water Damage Restoration Training”. http://www.iicrc.org/the-basics-water-damage-restoration-training-a-23.html 

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