Class 3 Water Loss
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If you have suffered a large amount of water damage in your home, you are undoubtedly overwhelmed. Rest assured that you are in the right track in your quest to determine the level of loss that you have suffered and investigating the quickest and best solution to getting your life back to normal.
Signs of Class 3 Water Loss
Those with class 3 water loss have suffered the greatest amount of water invasion into their homes, covering nearly the entire area. Damaged materials may include:
- Particle board
- Structural wood
- VCT (vinyl composition tile)
Class 3 Water Loss Damage
In class 3 water loss, damage typically invades your home from overhead, virtually saturating the entire area.
Jump to another class of water loss:
- Class 1 Water Loss: Slow rate of evaporation
- Class 2 Water Loss: Fast rate of evaporation
- Class 4 Water Loss: Specialty drying situations
How to Prevent Further Damage
When it comes to preventing further damage, the most important thing to remember is not to wait to address the situation. Water, time and temperature can easily lead to water contamination due to microorganism growth as stagnant water becomes polluted with bacteria, mold, and mildew growth that can easily spread.
- Circulation and ventilation
Circulation and ventilation is key to reducing microorganism growth and aiding drying efforts. Get fresh air moving through the damaged area as soon as possible. Be cautious if using appliances to accomplish this due to the extent of damage typically involved with class 3 water loss and the risk of electrical shock.
- Removing unsalvageable debris
If the area is safe, remove any unsalvageable debris. Exposing saturated areas increases air circulation and reduces both drying time and microorganism growth.
If you can avoid the damaged area until professional help arrives, do so. If you must address the area, be sure to use gloves, splash goggles, and an organic respirator or paint respirator to avoid exposure to microorganisms and spores.