Struggling with Water Damage and in need of Water Damage Restoration Services?

Water damage is one of the leading causes of mold in homes and businesses. Whether from a storm, flooding, or an internal leak, water damage can quickly lead to serious problems if left untreated. Don’t let your home fall victim to water damage. Call the water damage restoration pros in your area: Mold Solutions & Inspections, LLC.

What are Water Damage Restoration Services?

If you have experienced water damage due to a flood, storm, hurricane, or leak, you need water damage restoration services ASAP! Water damage is problematic on its own, but can lead to even more serious issues down the road if left untreated. Water damage restoration services help mitigate the damage caused by a water event with the hopes of restoring your property to its original state.

Water damage restoration includes inspection, assessment, extraction, removal and disposal, drying, monitoring, and navigating insurance. Don’t try to handle water damage on your own. Call the experts at Mold Solutions & Inspections, LLC today!


What to Know About Water Damage

The degree of water damage depends on the categories and classes of water. Categories of water describe the water’s source, which may impact how substantial a risk the water poses of causing contamination. Classes of water describe the potential rate of evaporation based on the amount of water present and the type of material affected.

Water damage is one of the leading causes of mold in homes and businesses. Whether from a storm, flooding, or an internal leak, water damage can quickly lead to serious problems if left untreated. Don’t let your home fall victim to water damage. Call the water damage restoration pros in your area: Mold Solutions & Inspections, LLC.


Categories of Water Damage

Water from a clean source with no substantial risk of causing sickness or discomfort is said to be Category 1, or a clean water loss. The water must not have been present for a substantial amount of time and all materials affected must be cleaned and well-maintained. Examples of Category 1 water include broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows without contaminants, and appliance malfunctions involving water supply lines.

Water that does carry a significant degree of chemical, biological and/or physical contamination is said to be Category 2. Examples of Category 2 water damage include aquarium leaks, waterbed leaks, toilet bowl overflows that contain urine, dishwasher leaks and washing machine overflows, and water that enters the structure through hydrostatic pressure, like basement flooding causing minor or major water damage.
Water intrusion from an unsanitary source or one that carries pathogenic agents is said to be Category 3. Examples of Category 3 water sources include discharge from toilets that originate from beyond the trap, sewer or septic system, and intrusions from the surface of ground water into the structure like flood water.

Classes of Water

Classes of water describe water intrusions and the potential rate of evaporation based upon the amount of water present and the type of material affected.

A class 1 water damage loss involves only a part of an area or an entire area that has only been minimally affected. In a Class 1 water damage loss, there is little or no wet carpet or cushion, typically, only low porosity materials such as plywood, concrete and structural lumber are affected. Examples of common Class 1 water intrusions are:
  • A concrete basement floor that only absorbed a small amount of water.
  • Losses where carpet and pad have been removed and there is no wet gypsum.
This type of water intrusion affects significant areas of carpeting or cushions. Water damage may have wicked up the walls but is less than twenty four inches high, and structural materials are wet. Some examples of Class 2 common intrusions are:
  • A loss that includes wet carpet, cushion and gypsum wicked less than twenty four inches.
  • A structure that was affected by Category 2 water and where the underlay was removed, but wet carpet, drywall and structural materials remain.
Water intrusion where moisture has wicked up the walls more than 24 inches and water that may have come from above and/or wet insulation is classified as class 3.Class 3 water losses include:
  • Strong winds damage the roof and rain enters from above, saturating ceilings, walls, flooring materials and structural items.
  • Second floor water supply failure saturates entire areas below with large amounts of water.
  • Overhead water supply pipes malfunction, saturating entire areas with large amounts of water.
A Class 4 water intrusion results in a specialty water damage restoration drying situation. Typically, wet materials present in a Class 4 water situation have very low porosity. Materials that are common to Class 4 intrusions include hardwood, plaster, brick, deeply saturated concrete, deeply saturated ground soil and stone. Other examples of Class 4 situations include:
  • Plaster and lath walls that are deeply saturated
  • Gymnasium floors
  • Hardwood floors in residential construction
  • Very old construction with multiple layers of building materials
  • Concrete
  • Dirt floors
Use of desiccant and/or LGR dehumidifiers is necessary in Class 4 situations.

Our Process: What is Involved in Water Damage Repair?

How We Tackle Water Damage Restoration at MSI

While every mold and restoration company’s process for treating water damage may be slightly different, there are standard practices that most professional water damage restoration companies follow to preserve the safety and integrity of a property. The process for water damage repair depends on the category of water and the class of water.

 

Every water damage restoration project starts with an overall inspection and assessment of the damage. From there, water extraction, removal and disposal, drying, and monitoring is on a case by case basis.

All that is needed to restore the structure to pre-loss conditions is a thorough and rapid drying of the materials, followed by replacing materials which have permanent structural or aesthetic water damage.
Hot water extraction must be executed, followed up by removing and disposing of the underlay of the carpet. Antimicrobials should also be used to mitigate growth of microorganisms especially when there are porous materials that are to be cleaned and restored.
It is the most dangerous of all, as this category requires addressing the cleanliness and safety of worker and occupant health. The first step when dealing with a category 3 water loss is to evacuate all immuno-compromised individuals from the premises until it has been evaluated for occupancy. After extensively cleaning and decontaminating the property, the professional water damage restoration service will apply biocides to help control microorganism growth. It is only after all safety measures have been taken that the remaining steps can be taken to restore the property to its pre-loss condition.

Water Damage Restoration FAQs

What happens if water damage goes untreated?

If left untreated, water damage can turn into toxic mold that could be dangerous to the health and safety of the home’s inhabitants. Water damage may also cause your property to deteriorate, making it a dangerous living environment.

How long does the water damage restoration process take?

Water damage restoration can take anywhere from three to five days depending on how badly your home has been damaged. For a more accurate estimate of how long it will take to repair your property after water loss, we encourage you to reach out to us. One of our representatives will be happy to discuss your situation with you.

Can I stay at home during the water damage restoration process?

This depends on the extent of the water damage but most of our clients just stay in their homes, the only time you cannot stay in your home is if you have several feet of water.

What should I do in a water emergency?

If you are experiencing a water emergency in Philadelphia, Delaware County, or Freehold, NJ, call the experts at Mold Solutions & Inspections, LLC now! Our team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For Philadelphia, call 215-339-1769.
For Delaware County, call 610- 325-8695
For Freehold, NJ, call 732-303–8093


Why Work With Mold Solutions & Inspections, LLC?

Mold Solutions & Inspections, LLC has been treating water damage repairs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware since our inception in 1998. In addition to water damage restoration, we also offer Mold Testing, Mold Remediation, Water Damage Restoration, to Fire and Smoke Cleaning, Bio-Hazard Cleanup, and Hoarding Cleanup and Content Cleaning as part of our services. We are an IICRC Certified Firm, (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and hold the following certifications:

    • Mold Inspection (CMI)
    • Mold Remediation (CMRC)
    • Water Damage Restoration (WRT)
    • Fire & Smoke Restoration (FST)
    • Crime & Trauma Scene Clean Up (CTS)
    • Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Respiratory Protection
    • Hazard Communications (Hazcom)
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Fall Protection Awareness (FPA)
    • Confined Space Awareness
    • Lock Out/Tag Out

All of our employees are certified to ensure that every restoration project we take on is completed expertly and fully. No matter the type of loss you’ve encountered, our mission is to return your home back to pre-loss conditions in a safe, quick and cost efficient manner. We will document the entire water damage restoration process so you can easily file the loss through your insurance company, and will even work with your company to bill them directly.

Mold Solutions & Inspections, LLC provides Water Damage Restoration Services for residents of Philadelphia PA, Delaware County PA, Bucks County PA, Montgomery County PA, Chester County PA, Lehigh County PA, Camden County NJ, Mercer County NJ, Burlington County NJ, Gloucester County NJ, Monmouth County NJ & Delaware.

Learn more about how we can help salvage your home or business with our water damage restoration services when you contact us today!