The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificates has a convenient set of guidelines for severity of water damage that can help you deal with your insurance company by letting them know how bad the damage is. It can also inform you of what services you may need for an IICRC certified mold remediation company like iMold.
Class 1 – This type of damage is the least severe and only affects a small portion of your home. The water doesn’t get absorbed much into any materials, and it is the easiest and least costly to clean up. Examples of this type of water damage would be damaged caused by a leak in the roof.
Class 2 – This is a bit more severe than Class 1 and it would typically affect a room as a whole. Water in this class doesn’t flood higher than 24 inches, but it does get absorbed into floors and walls. Class 2 damage can also be fixed easily if you catch it early enough.
Class 3 – Class 3 is where things start getting serious. With Class 3 water damage, there is probably some structural damage, like a ceiling collapse from water or some other severe problems that can affect your health or safety. This is a problem that needs to be dealt with by professionals.
Class 4 – When you have Class 4 damage, it is likely that you are going to have to demolish a structure and take it as a total loss. Usually in situations like these, the structure of the building is compromised by a natural disaster such as a serious flood. If you suspect the is class 4 water damage, it is best not to enter the structure until you have it evaluated and you know it is safe to enter.
These classes will help you communicate to us and to your insurance company what the level of damage is, but you don’t have to determine it, we can come and do a free inspection of your home and let you know how severe the damage is, before we fix your water damage and perform mold remediation.
iMold holds the following certifications from the IICRC:
IICRC Certified Water Damage
IICRC Certified Mold Remediator
IICRC Certified Odor Abatment
IICRC Certified Carpet Cleaning
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