Whether from a leaking pipe or storm, water damage can be terrifying. Water leaking in your home can cause mold contamination within 24-48 hours, depending on the exposure time.
Categories of Water Damage
- Category 1: originates from a sanitary water source. This does not post a substantial risk, but can escalate to a category 2 or 3 if not properly managed.
- Category 2: when there is significant contamination, this can cause discomfort and sickness if you come in contact with, or if consumed. Category 2 contains unsafe levels of microorganisms, as well as other organic and inorganic matter (chemical or biological).
- Category 3: this water is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents.
Classifications of Water Damage
- Class 1: minimal, ~5% of porous materials and is clean water. And once the water is removed, the area will dry.
- Class 2: longer evaporation times and contaminates 5-40% of porous materials.
- Class 3: contaminates more than 40% of porous materials and shows significant absorption.
- Class 4: usually occurs from flooding and is when porous materials are fully saturated. This can happen to concrete, wood and plaster.
Any water damage may require a professional with specialized tools and knowledge to be restored. Pests are also very attracted to moisture and can lower the air quality in your home. It’s important to have a professional analyze significant water leaks to ensure the proper steps are taken to get the area(s) cleaned properly to ensure the safety of your home and family.