Water Damage Restoration
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Water damage restoration is held to a certain standard in New Jersey. It is regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs. Our Registration number is # 13VH07774500. We are also Nationally Certified by the IICRC (the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). The IICRC is a certification and standard-setting nonprofit organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration companies. It formulates health and safety related industry standards and creates standards to help develop common, industry-accepted language and terminology regarding cleaning, inspection and restoration. We follow the ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration. This Standard provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration and provides the foundation for basic principles of proper restoration practices.
WATER DAMAGE CLASSIFICATION
Water damage can be classified into four classifications (Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4). Class 1 is when there is minimal water damage, water only affects part of a room or area, and there is minimal moisture absorbed by materials within the area. Class 2 is when there is moderate water damage, water affects an entire room, where there is moisture remaining within the structural materials. Class 3 involves large amounts of water, commonly seen to come from overhead affected ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet or sub-floor, where the entire area is saturated. The last class, Class 4, involved specialty drying situations, where wet materials meet with low porosity materials (hardwood, plaster, brock, concrete, stone), and there are typically deep pockets of saturation.
These four class are then broken off into 1 of 3 categories based upon the level of contamination present (or presumed present) in the source of water. Category 1 is water that has come from a clean or sanity source (water from clean water supply, faucets, sinks, and clean water from toilet tank). This category can easily change into a category 2 or 3, depending on the length of time, the temperature and exposure to contaminants. Category 2 (grey water) is when the water has some level of contaminants that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested (dishwasher or toilet overflow). As stated with category 1, Category 2 can quickly become a Category 3 depending on time, temperature, and contact with other contaminants. Lastly, Category 3 (black water) is water that is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or even death if ingested (sewage, river or stream flood water, toilet water beyond the trap, or standing water with beginning microbial growth).
WATER DAMAGE CLEANUP STEPS
Water damage restoration and cleanup can be simplified into a few basic steps. The first steps are to determine what level of water damage there is and what category of contamination is present. Once those have been determined, we are able to create a blueprint of what needs done to restore the property to its original state. It is very important that the restoration process start as soon as possible. The purpose is to reduce overall damage and reduce the risk of a mold issue. If you allow items to stay wet for longer than 72 hours it is highly probable that you have mold beginning to grow. Once mold begins to grow, the restoration process becomes much harder and much more expensive to remediate. It is important to eliminate all excess water and dry the remainder. The best approach is to clean and sanitize these areas, removing as much of the wetness as soon as possible by using commercial grade dehumidification units (fastest and most efficient method used for absorbing moisture) These steps, along with a variety of techniques and specialized equipment, will provide you with fast and efficient services that will adhere to the IICRC health and safety standards; all at the lowest cost to you!
THE SCIENCE BEHIND WATER DAMAGE REPAIR
There is a specific science behind water damage and repair called psychromtrics OR the relationship between air and water vapor. It is a specific technique that utilizes fans, dehumidifiers, and ventilation and extraction machines to aid in the removal of moisture. Using a psychrometric chart we can establish the grains per pound, dew point, vapor pressure and relative humidity. We can use either a chart once we get air temperature and relative humidity or we can use a handheld meter that will tell us everything we need to know to determine if we are properly drying the walls, ceiling or the other materials that are involved in cleaning up and restoring the property from water/flood damage.
HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE WATER DAMAGE ?
- Are the walls discolored or looking a little out of sorts?
- Are there leftover water marks that are on the walls looking a bit odd and disgusting?
- Sagging paint or walls?
- Is the wood around your windows warped or bulging?
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WITH FLOOD CLEANUP
- Are there any standing water marks or open condensation?
- Are there any water leaks underneath certain areas of the house or office?
- Look under everything. And everything includes carpets, drapes and cabinets, within the crawlspaces and basements too.
Systematic Cleaning and Restoration is the IICRC firm you need to call for all your water damage questions and needs, Call today!