Classes of Water Damage
There are four classes of water damage that technicians will come upon on a regular basis and must be able to communicate to all concerned parties. Class 1 has a slow evaporation rate. This is for water losses that affect only part of a room or area. Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present. Class 2 has a fast evaporation rate. These are water losses that effect the entire room or carpet and cushion. Water has wicked up the walls. And there is moisture remaining in structural materials. Class 3 has the fastest evaporation rate. This type of water loss involves the greatest area of moisture absorption by materials, and the greatest potential rate of evaporation. Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations. This is when water is hidden, trapped or found within building materials and assemblies such as wood and concrete, resulting in a low potential rate of evaporation.