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Flood Restoration Category 1 Water Loss

WARNING: There are significant health risks as well as a high chance of injury associated with the water damage restoration process. There are also additional health risks, including severe illness and death, associated with improperly drying the structure, as there is the potential for toxic mold to be left behind as well as structural instability.


Jon-Don strongly recommends hiring a trained and certified professional to perform all water damage restoration work.


No two water losses are alike, and each situation must be treated based on the unique needs of the environment. Before tackling any water loss it is recommended that professionals attend an IICRC WRT Class, an IICRC ASD Class, and be familiar with the industry's standards of care (IICRC S500 and S520).


Category 1 water losses originate from a sanitary water source and do not pose substantial risk.  It is important to remember that even if the water loss was clean, the nature environment or the time passed since the damage occurred can change the classification of the loss to Category to 2 or Category 3.


Basic Procedure

  1. Complete work contracts.  No work should be started without completed authorizations.
  2. Identify all safety hazards (electrical wires in standing water, loose/buckling drywall, etc.).
  3. Locate the source of the water and stop any further intrusion. It may be required to contact a professional plumber or other contractor.
  4. Protect furniture by blocking. Small items can be moved out of the affected area.
  5. Extract water from carpet/pad using a sub-surface extraction tool. Remove water from hard surfaces via squeegee or mop. All dehumidifiers should be turned on to give the coils time to reach dew point temperature.
  6. Inspect all areas that water may have traveled to, and document all moisture levels in affected areas.
  7. Create a drying chamber. Remember, you only want to dry the areas that are wet.
  8. Install air movers (approx every 10-15 linear feet). All air movers should be blowing in the same direction.
  9. Monitor the job daily. Record all drying data and keep accurate records.
  10. Dispose of any non-dryable items. Ensure you document and have approval of the homeowner/insurance company first.
  11. If any carpet/pad was removed, reinstall it after drying is complete.
  12. After drying is complete, all affected areas will need to be cleaned. After drying and thoroughly cleaning any affected carpet, it is recommended to re-apply Scotchgard Carpet Protector.

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