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Speed is of the essence in every effort to clean up water damage. The larger the area, the longer it takes to clean up water damage, and the more complex the necessary procedures. If a drying project can’t be finished within 30 hours, property owners risk severe damage to their dry wall and support beams, as well as other types of structural damage. Mold contamination is another serious risk. Mold spores begin germinating on damp surfaces within 12 hours.
Experts use the following classification system to determine how quickly water damage cleanup should commence.
Class 1: Slow Evaporation Rate
In this scenario, water spillage has only affected part of a room. Affected materials aren’t particularly porous. Objects like structural wood, particleboard and plywood won’t absorb large amounts of moisture. Water damage cleanup is relatively fast.
Class 2: Fast Evaporation Rate
These scenarios involve an entire room, or flood situations where water has reached a depth of two feet. Moisture may be present even after structures appear to be dry.
Class 3: Fastest Evaporation Rate
These scenarios involve flood situations where water has reached a depth of over two feet, has poured down from above, or through an open window during heavy rain. These situations pose serious structural risks to property owners.
Class 4: Specialty Drying Situations
These scenarios involve the saturation of highly porous materials, such as hardwoods, brick and concrete. These situations require equipment designed to provide low humidity solutions to accelerate the drying process.
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