ASTRA Construction Management
888 – 3rd Street SW, 10th Floor
Bankers Hall, West Tower
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 5C5
Calgary-based Astra Restorations knows that water damage can affect property in a number of ways, depending on the type of liquid and the nature of the damage. Restoring flood-affected property includes both the removal of water and the drying and repairing of surfaces and substructures impacted by moisture. These materials can include but are not limited to drywall, wood, concrete, and metal. Mould is an important concern with water damage, however, water can also cause other damages, deteriorating the structural integrity of walls, beams, supports, and metal surfaces.
Having your property assessed by Astra Restorations promptly after a flood is the best way to protect your property from further degradation and to restore that property to its pre-flood condition.
The IICRC sets out categories to properly assess water damage. These describe both the types of liquid involved and also the kinds of damage these liquids cause.
There are three categories of liquid involved in property flooding:
Category 1: This class includes liquid from sanitary sources, including faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc. These liquids, however, can quickly become Category 2 liquids.
Category 2: This class includes liquid, which can be described as grey water, and has a level of contamination that may cause illness if ingested. Water from dishwashers, washing machines, overflows, sink drains, and toilets overflow (with urine but not feces) constitute Category 2 liquids.
Category 3: This class is highly unsanitary and dangerous to health, capable of causing severe illness and possibly death when ingested. Sources include sewers, flooding from rivers and streams, toilet overflow with feces, and water which has stagnated and is supporting bacterial growth.
The four classes of property destruction are as follows:
Class 1: The lowest class of property damage is generally not difficult to contend with. It has a slow evaporation rate and affects only part of a room with zero to little wet carpet. Any moisture affects only materials with low permeability, such as plywood and concrete.
Class 2: These damages evaporate fast and affect entire rooms, including carpets. Wetness wicks up the walls and structural materials retain moisture.
Class 3: These damages have the fastest evaporation rates and saturate ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, and sub-floors. Liquid may also originate from above.
Class 4: Enough liquid has sat for a long enough time period that even materials with low permeability have become saturated. This class of damage requires specialty drying.
The ability to identify specific kinds of flood damages situations is crucial to properly restoring property from water damage. Only highly qualified and certified individuals will know exactly how to restore property and prevent further risk to health and safety. Professionals at Astra Restorations have the specific training and specialty equipment to protect your property and health.
ASTRA Construction Management strictly follows guidelines set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC). We are proud members of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating, and we hold COR safety certificate.