Water Damage | Los Angeles, CA
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Water Intrusion Specialist Los Angeles
Experience A Water Loss? Water damage is a severe problem when not combated accordingly. Wet building materials usually begin to swell, delaminate, stain, or smell an awful odor if left unattended. Once building materials are damaged by water they may never return to their original state. If dried properly, the building materials may have minor damage, with little to no long term consequences. Without a clearly defined water intrusion drying protocol or confirmation by a mold inspector, building materials may begin to grow mold in as little as 48-72 hours. Contact Us >
During your inspection the process of detecting moisture begins by looking for visual signs of moisture staining, water damage, or hidden moisture within the building. Your mold inspector will use a moisture meter, pin or pinless, to determine if the building materials are wet. Water, moisture, humidity, and even extreme temperature differences in a building can cause increased moisture in the materials and eventual water damage or mold growth.
Our mold inspectors employ the use of thermal infrared cameras to detect hidden moisture conditions behind the walls and ceilings in all types of residential and commercial buildings. A thermal infrared camera detects temperature differences in materials and does not find hidden mold. Your mold inspector will use this device and moisture meter to confirm moisture in the building’s materials prior to water damage and mold growth.
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48-72 hours is the average response time following the initial release of water from a fresh, or potable source. Clean water, known as a Category 1 water, should be extracted and cleaned as soon as possible using a wet vac and towels. If the water is not extracted immediately, this water is now considered Category 2.
Category 2 Water
Category 2 water includes the presence of bacteria and usually originates from the rain run off, sinks, bath tubs, and dishwashers. The presence of Category 2 water damage in a building requires additional cleaning and disinfection of the materials. Some porous materials that can not be dried or cleaned properly should be discarded. If left unattended the category 2 water will turn into category 3.
Category 3 Water
Category 3 water usually originates from a commode or sewer line. This type of water damage usually includes the presence of fecal bacteria extremely harmful to occupants health and safety. Porous materials that come in contact with category 3 water should be removed and thrown away immediately.