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The Basics of Water Damage Restoration

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

The Basics of Water Damage Restoration

Restoring a property that has suffered water damage
One of the worst things that can happen to a property owner is to incur water damage within the property. Flood damage of any kind, whether produced by a hairline crack in a water pipe or an overflowing river, can quickly lead to severe damage to a home or business. For this reason, immediate action is always required when any water damage to a property is noted.

What constitutes water damage?

Many people would be surprised to learn that any water spillage above about one gallon is a potentially hazardous situation. This is because water in amounts more than a gallon are likely to begin seeping into the flooring, carpet padding and structure of the home or business. Water left to fester can eventually lead to superficial defects, such as walls or flooring that warps. But it can also lead to more serious problems, such as mold formation or even structural compromise.

Luckily, there are water damage restoration professionals. But they must be immediately contacted when the flood damage occurs. Flood damage restoration and mitigation should never be attempted by a non-professional, for reasons that will soon be made clear.

The water cleanup process

Depending on what water cleanup expert one talks to, there is a five or six step process that almost all water cleanup firms will follow. This is a proven and effective means of flood damage mitigation that can remove water in a home or water in a business and can restore the property to its prior state.

Let's take a closer look at the water cleanup process and what steps are involved in restoration of the property.

Initial phone call

The first and most crucial step when one detects water in a home or water in a business is calling in the professionals. Any spilled amount of water exceeding about one gallon should ideally be handled by professionals. This is because when more than one gallon is spilled or otherwise enters the home, the risk of seepage into subflooring, carpet padding and structural components such as beams and joists skyrockets. Without property mitigation efforts, this can quickly lead to serious consequences to the structure, including mold formation and structural compromise. It is possible for even seemingly smaller amounts of water, in the 10 to 20 gallon range, to cause serious structural damage, with the possibility of the property being deemed unfit for habitation. For this reason, it is absolutely imperative to call in a professional water restoration and mitigation team.

Inspection and damage assessment

Once the team arrives at the property, the first step is assessment and inspection. Professional damage control specialists have at their disposal highly sophisticated equipment, including infrared water-detection devices and hygrometers that can spot invisible water seepage. A thorough assessment will help them decide how best to attack the water problem.

Extraction of all standing water

The next step is the extraction of all standing water in the home or water in the business. This is accomplished by industrial-strength pumps and specialized vacuum equipment. Professional damage control teams will be able to remove thousands of gallons per hour of water in a home or water in a business. Most non-natural-disaster flooding events involve less than an hour to completely remove standing water.

Drying and dehumidifying

The next step is drying. The drying of all water that has permeated the home is crucial. Drying is accomplished with specialized, extremely powerful heater-dryers that can minimize drying time.

Sanitization and cleaning

Once everything has been dried, the final step is cleaning. Using specialized cleaning techniques, professional damage control teams will be able to restore all household items, carpet, and other parts of the home to their prior condition.

The entire process will often take a team of professionals less than a full day. But it is imperative to act as quickly as possible and make that phone call the second a flooding event occurs.
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