Inspection: Water Damage Repair Inspection
After the initial emergency call to Kwik Dry Restoration for water damage cleanup, an IICRC certified expert will arrive immediately to mitigate further damages to your home. We use state of the art drying equipment and water damage inspection tools. The first step will be to determine the source of the water intrusion and categorize the loss as 1, 2, or 3 to create a proper water mitigation plan:
Category 1: Category 1 water originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. Examples of Category 1 water sources can include, but are not limited to: broken water supply lines; tub or sink overflows with no contaminants; appliance malfunctions involving water-supply lines; melting ice or snow; falling rainwater; broken toilet tanks, and toilet bowls that do not contain contaminants or additives.
Category 2: water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological). Examples of category 2 water can include, but are not limited to: discharge from dishwashers or washing machines; overflows from washing machines; overflows from toilet bowls on the room side of the trap with some urine but no feces; seepage due to hydrostatic pressure; broken aquariums and punctured water beds. Category 2 water can deteriorate to Category 3. Once microorganisms become wet from the water intrusion, depending upon the length of time that they remain wet and the temperature, they can begin to grow in numbers and can change the category of the water.
Category 3: Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents and can cause significant adverse reactions to humans if contacted or consumed. Examples of Category 3 water can include, but are not limited to: sewage; wasteline backflows that originate from beyond any trap regardless of visible content or color; all forms of flooding from seawater; rising water from rivers or streams; and other contaminated water entering or affecting the indoor environment, such as wind-driven rain from hurricanes, tropical storms, or other weather-related events. Category 3 water can carry trace levels of regulated or hazardous materials (e.g., pesticides, or toxic organic substances).
If the water damage is categorized as category 1, Kwik Dry will start mitigation services immediately.
If the water damage is category 2 or 3 Kwik Dry Restoration will first contain the water damage areas with plastic and set up air scrubbers and negative air machines to reduce the spread of contaminants outside the area. After removal of contaminated materials and cleaning of remaining substrates, drying processes can begin.