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Kinds of Water Damage

Calgary’s ASTRA Restorations knows water damage can affect property in many ways. Restoring flood-affected property includes water removal and the drying and repairing of moisture-impacted surfaces and substructures. These materials can include but are not limited to drywall, wood, concrete, and metal.

Mould is an important concern with water damage, but water can also cause other damages. In addition to mould, water damage can deteriorate the structural integrity of walls, beams, supports, and metal surfaces.

You should promptly have your property assessed by ASTRA Restorations after a flood. This assessment is the best way to protect your property from further degradation and to restore your property to its preflood condition.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification sets out three categories with which to properly assess water damage and to describe the liquid involved and the kinds of damage liquids cause.

  • Category 1: This class includes liquid from sanitary sources, including from faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc. These liquids, however, can quickly become Category 2 liquids.
  • Category 2: This class includes grey water and has a contamination level that may cause illness if ingested. Water from dishwashers, washing machines, overflows, sink drains, and toilets (with urine but not feces) constitute Category 2 liquids.
  • Category 3: This class is highly unsanitary and can cause severe illness and even death when ingested. Sources include sewers, river and stream flooding, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnated water supportive of bacterial growth.

There are four classes of property destruction:

  • Class 1: This is the lowest property-damage class and 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. Its 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 subfloors. Liquid may also originate from above.
  • Class 4: For this class, 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.

Identification of flood damages is crucial to proper property restoration. Only highly qualified and certified individuals, like those at Calgary’s ASTRA Restorations, know how to identify damage, restore property, and prevent further health and safety risk. ASTRA Restorations has the training and specialty equipment to protect your property and health.

*ASTRA Restorations provides mould remediation free of cost with every water-damage restoration service. ASTRA Restorations has the expertise and the tools to save you health, time, money, and future hassle.

For our Calgary-based 24-hour emergency-response service, contact (403) 796-3559.

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