Types Of Water Damage Categories and Classes
Imagine the following scenario: You return to your south-central Montana
home from a relaxing vacation with your family and upon entering, you are
greeted by the smell of mildew and sewage. Your investigation reveals that
your upstairs toilet sprung a leak, releasing a deluge of water onto the
tile which soaked through to the subfloor and damaged the downstairs
ceiling. Now you have a huge mess on your hands.
If this has happened to you, you are not alone.
According to Income Property Management, the annual cost of water
damage in the United States is $13 billion, and 14,000 Americans a day
face a water damage emergency.
Unfortunately, many things can go wrong in a home or commercial structure
and result in water damage. This includes malfunctioning plumbing or
appliances; old supply hoses; dry rot in wood; clogged gutters; leaking,
blocked, or burst pipes; and, of course, natural disasters such as storms
and excessive rainfall.
Most importantly, you must act quickly if your home or property is damaged
by moisture by employing an experienced restoration contractor to avoid
dangerous situations and prevent further damage.
As a home or business owner, or a facility or commercial property owner or
manager in the Billings area, it pays to understand the three classes and
four categories of water damage. This knowledge will allow you to
communicate clearly with your contractors, insurance agents and adjusters,
and tenants. Here’s what you need to know about each one.