Water Damage Classification

Water damage restoration can be separated into four different classes. These classes represent the level of damage done and the level of difficulty in cleaning up the destruction. This helps water restoration experts determine what needs to be done to restore your home to its pre-loss condition.

Class 1 is the lowest level of damage. This is typically an area with little water damage that has only left an area damp – whether carpet or wood or other material. Often times water restoration specialists are not called in to assess class 1 water damage restoration jobs because the owners take care of it themselves. However, sometimes it’s a good idea to give us a call anyway – as water can get underneath and inside areas unseen to the layman.

Class 2 is the next level, and it means water has soaked through floors, and “wicked” up the walls at least 12”. This means the water has soaked into the walls where the floor meets it – then absorbed in an upward motion. Water has reached sub-flooring at this point. Unless you’re a handy guy or gal who knows how to replace carpet/flooring/walls, we suggest contacting a water restoration specialist.

Class 3 water damage is water damage that has completely saturated the area from floor to ceiling including any carpeting, the sub-floor, and walls. This doesn’t necessarily mean the whole room was under water. It may mean a leaky pipe from an upstairs bathroom caused a lot of damage to the floor below it. Again, we recommend a water restoration specialist to help sort out the damaged area.

Class 4 water damage is extreme. Either water has saturated the area to the point where special drying actions need to be taken or the area is completely inaccessible due to water damage and flooding. This could be in a crawlspace or behind walls – or even in a cellar with brick walls that have been damaged immensely due to flooding. This is definitely a job for a water restoration specialist.

The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) has set these standards to help water damage cleaning crews assess the situation. It also helps to determine if structural damage is present or a risk. Water restoration teams use these guidelines to create a plan to restore your home to its pre-loss condition.

Service Area

Now providing service to Hilton Head, SC in conjunction with longtime local contractor Ranney & Sons Construction

New Jersey

  • Burlington
  • Mercer
  • Middlesex
  • Monmouth
  • Ocean


  • Bucks

South Carolina

  • Beaufort County

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The team that was sent to our house was wonderful. Their experience and professionalism in our situation was outstanding. I was concerned about our children and they took every precaution (air purifier, microbial spray) to keep them safe. Not only did they have good work ethics, they were personable and caring as well.

Angela and Scott S.