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Rising Tides: How to Handle Different Types of Water Damage

Houston Tenants Catching Leaking Water In a BucketWhen dealing with water damage in your Houston rental property, a good restoration company can help you get things cleaned up. Understanding the different classifications of water damage will help ensure that you hire a company with the right expertise as well as understand how the extent of the damage determines your repair bill and repair time. The more you know about water damage classification, the more informed decisions you can make throughout the restoration process.

According to the IICRC, an international organization dedicated to restoration and cleaning standards, there are four water and flood damage classes. This classification system is used by many restoration companies to determine how much water they will be dealing with, how much absorption and damage there is, and how long it will take for the property to dry so they can start the repairs.

Class 1 Water Damage

Class 1 damage can be said to be the water damage best-case scenario. There is minimal water absorption in this classification of water damage, and few highly porous materials (only about 5% or less) have been impacted. Class 1 damage is also often caused by clean water, which means there is little to no contamination. Class 1 damage is fairly easy to repair once the water is removed.

Class 2 Water Damage

The next classification of water damage is Class 2. Class 2 water damage is similar to Class 1 but occurs when more porous materials – between 5 and 40% – are present in the impacted area. Water damage of this classification often happens when a pipe bursts or leaks inside of walls, soaking drywall or insulation. These situations need more time to be addressed since the damaged materials have to be removed and the structures underneath have to dry completely.

Class 3 Water Damage

Class 3 water damage is usually caused by a major weather event or water main break. When the structure has significant floodwater, storm damage, or damage from a major water event, it is classified as Class 3 water damage. Walls, floors, and other areas are likely soaked through, and more than 40% of the impacted area consists of porous materials. In addition to regular clean-up and restoration, the structure might need disinfecting given that the water may or may not have been clean. This makes repairing a home after Class 3 water damage a time-consuming affair.

Class 4 Water Damage

Finally, when large quantities of water have been absorbed by both porous and non-porous materials, it is a Class 4 damage. Class 4 damage is typical after flooding due to a storm or other major event. At Class 4, the home’s wooden structures are compromised, and getting everything thoroughly dry can be very time-consuming and complex. It is also very expensive. If your property has Class 4 water damage, it is a must to hire a restoration company with adequate experience as well as specialized equipment to get the job done correctly.

Water damage of any kind can be a difficult experience for both rental property owners and tenants. They have to rely on professionals to help get things back in good working order. If your rental property needs more time and attention than you have to spare, give us a call. Our expert Houston property managers will work with you and your tenants to get your property restored as quickly and efficiently as possible. Contact us online today.

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