Classifications of Water Damage

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Like fire damage restoration, water damage restoration processes vary based on the levels of devastation throughout the home in question. This is based on a classification system used by most professional home restoration companies, and the approaches taken to treat the deterioration may change according to where the house stands on the classification scale. According to Integrity Restoration, here is a brief overview of this system, and what it may mean for your water-damaged home.

  1. Class 1 Water Damage – this usually applies to a situation in which only a portion of a room is wet, with little or no impact on carpets or other absorbent materials.
  2. Class 2 Water Damage – applies when the carpets or cushions of a room are saturated, and standing water is present but less than 24”. At this point, moisture might have soaked into plywood and other structurally important parts of the room.
  3. Class 3 Water Damage – applies when the entire area of concern is saturated. Standing water has reached over 24”, and effects the walls, ceiling, structural parts, carpet, and all other aspects of a room.
  4. Class 4 Water Damage – applies when an area is very wet, but the materials therein are not very porous, such as stone or brick. This usually required custom drying methods.

While each of these classes poses its own difficulties, there are a series of active plans in place in order to combat each and every type of damage presented. Home restoration companies can utilize this scale to expertly get their clients back onto their feet and into a dry home in no time.

Three Steps to Take Before Beginning a Home Restoration or Remodel

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The prospect of a home remodel or home restoration can be exciting! Home improvement projects not only add value, but they also increase the enjoyment and livability of a home. Consider these three steps to make the process a smooth one:

Determine the Budget
The budget is a great starting point because it allows homeowners to set up an initial plan for the project. Figuring out how much is needed for specific materials such as cement, lumber and plumbing work is the first step in considering cost. Next, the remaining funds can be divided out to the aesthetic categories such as flooring, fixtures and hardware.

Research Ideas
Once a style for the project is decided upon, start gathering visuals in the form of photographs, web images and magazine cutouts. Collecting ideas allows homeowners to piece together some of the major elements that will need to coordinate for the finished look.  (

Consider the Schedule
With a budget and framework of ideas in place, it’s time to talk schedule and timing. Consult with a home restoration or home remodel professional about the timeline for the project. Consider details such as major holidays and family vacations alongside decisions about when would be a good time for the kitchen to be under renovation. When the details, budget and schedule are in place, let the home improvement project begin!