Water damage due to flooding, hurricane, broken pipes, or other issues can be a nightmare for homeowners. Justice Carpet understands the need for quick and effective water removal from a home.
If you have suffered water damage to your home or possessions, call Justice Carpet 772-800-8817. We can help you immediately.
When water invades a home, drying your carpet, furniture, or wood quickly and effectively is vital to keeping your possessions and home free of mold and rot. Our goal at Justice Carpet is to quickly limit the amount of damage to your property, assess the damage, and fix the damage with as little down time to you and your family. We aim to restore your property to pre-loss conditions. Your home should be the same or even better than before the water damage occurred.
Steps to Restoration
First, the most important step is to stop the water from entering or damaging the home further. With flooding or a severe storm this might not be possible, but if the issue is a burst pipe or water heater issue, locate the source of the water leak and terminate the water source. Every year, about 1% of homes experience some type of water damage from a burst pipe, appliance, or water heater.
If you have water damage, call Justice Carpet 772-800-8817 immediately.
The next step is to determine the category of water that has caused the damage. There are three different types of water categories and homeowners need to know which type of water they are dealing with for their safety. According to Wikipedia:
- Category 1 Water – This, commonly referred to as “Clean Water,” is usually from a broken water supply line, tub or sink overflow, or appliance malfunction that involves a clean water supply line. This type of water does not pose a substantial threat to humans.
- Category 2 Water – This, commonly referred to as “Gray Water,” contains a significant degree of chemical, biological, or physical contaminants. Gray water can cause discomfort or sickness when consumed or exposed to by humans or animals. Microorganisms and nutrients of microorganisms are carried in gray water. Examples include, toilet bowls with urine only, sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic failure, and water discharge from washing machines or dishwashers.
- Category 3 Water – This type of water is the most toxic. Known as “Black Water,” this water should be avoided at all costs and is grossly unsanitary. Harmful bacteria and fungi in black water can cause severe discomfort or sickness. Sewage, seawater, ground surface water, or standing water can fall into the black water category. Gray water that is not properly removed or stands for too long can be reclassified as black water.
The type of damage done by water and the category it falls into plays a major role in determining the drying process used to repair the damage.
In addition to water categories, there are four classes of water. Determining the class of the room and the surface where the water damage has occurred is important in determining the type of restoration process used. According to Wikipedia, there are four classes of water damage.
- Class 1 – Slow Rate of Evaporation. This affects only part of a room. The materials have a low tendency for holding water and a minimum amount of moisture has been absorbed by the materials.
- Class 2 – Fast Rate of Evaporation. This affects the entire room. Water may have also wicked up the walls, but has not traveled more than 2 feet.
- Class 3 – Fastest Rate of Evaporation. When water generally comes from overhead, the entire area is affected: ceilings, carpet, insulation, furniture, etc.
- Class 4 – Specialty Drying Situations. This is a special class of water damage that involves materials with a low tendency for holding water such as concrete, plaster, or hardwood floors. Drying usually requires a very low specific humidity to ensure proper drying.
How Justice Can Help
Depending on the severity of water damage, we will help you determine the category and class. Then, if needed, Justice will get you and your family safely into a hotel at our expense while we clean up the damage. Depending on the severity of the water damage, a hotel stay normally runs between 3 to 5 days. If your home is adequately insured, we bill your insurance company directly. We are often able to do this without any money out of your pocket.
The restoration process continues with determining the category, class, and severity of water damage. Justice always tries to save or minimize the damage done to furniture or personal property. If we move any of your belongings out, they are meticulously inventoried and stored in a safe and secure location.
If you have been affected by water damage, no matter how large or small,