Classes of Water – Part 1

Along with Categories of water, there are also Classes of Water. Classes of water describe the potential rate of evaporation based upon the amount of water present and the type of material affected. In this session, we will define the different classes of water. Class 1 Class 1 intrusions involve only a part of an […]

Category 3 Water Loss

Here’s a photo of a category 3 water loss. This is probably the least offensive photo we can show, but it is a sewer back up. Category 3 is when water intrusion results from a grossly unsanitary source, or carries pathogenic agents. Examples of Category 3 water sources include discharge from toilets that originate from […]

Categories of Water – Part 2

Category 2 Water that does carry a significant degree of chemical, biological and/or physical contamination is said to be Category 2.  Aquarium leaks, waterbed leaks, toilet bowl overflows that contain urine, dishwasher and clothes water discharges, and water which enters the structure through hydrostatic pressure.  With Category 2 water losses, special steps and procedures are […]

Severe Water Damage

Upon concluding our four part series on Water Extraction, I thought of showing you some photos of homes which had major water losses. This photo is taken from a home where the water feed for a toilet broke and allowed several hundred gallons of water to go from the second floor to the basement. The […]

Water Extraction – Part 4

Like tools, instruments also aid the restorative process in making sure the structure is brought to pre-loss conditions.  In this session, we will discuss some of the instruments used in restorative drying. Moisture SensorA Moisture Sensor is the most basic of moisture detection instruments.  It is designed to detect high levels of moisture in the […]