Water in the home is never something a homeowner wants to encounter. But it happens. And when it happens, it may not just mean water-logged contents and water damage. Health issues and mold growth are also factors to consider. Thankfully, our flood restoration professionals are trained to restore water damaged property to pre-loss conditions quickly and effectively.
Here’s a brief look at the restoration process from beginning to end:
- Response: Response time is key when you’re dealing with water damage. Hence, you want to contact a water restoration company as soon as possible. Here’s why:
- Mold growth can begin in 24-48 hours.
- The longer water is in the home, the harder it will be to salvage some items.
- Standing water can become a health hazard if it becomes contaminated.
- Repair costs are more likely to decrease
- On-Site: Once the our techs arrive, they’ll begin a thorough evaluation into the scope of damage and what needs to be done to restore it.
- The affected area will be inspected for safety hazards. For instance, in older properties, we may have materials tested for asbestos.
- Visual inspection of the damage to determine the Category of water loss and to know what measures to employ.
- Our flood restorers will also analyze the full scope of water damage using moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to assess floors and walls.
- 24 Hour Water Extraction and Flood Water Removal:After evaluating the scope of damage, it’s time to get to work. We will pack out and secure any contents impacted by the moisture in attempt to salvage or dry separately. Then, water extraction (or water removal) will start. Depending on the scope of loss, anything from a light extraction wand to a submersible water pump may be necessary during this step.
- Structural preparation:This step varies based on the category of water. According to the IICRC S500 Standard for Water Damage Restoration, there are three categories of water. Category 1 water is clean water. Category 2 water is described as water that may have some contaminants andCategory 3 water is water that contains bacteria contaminants, sewage and is a health risk.
- With Category 1 water, the carpet and flooring can be dried in place, however with Category 2 and 3 water, porous items need to be removed and disposed of, semi-porous items are considered on a per-item basis and only non-porous items can be cleaned and sanitized. Actual flood water from rising rivers, streams, oceans (which Queen Creek doesn’t have to worry about) or heavy rains that travel over the ground surface into the property is also a category 3.
- Structural Drying:The next thing our flood techs will do is set up drying equipment to fully dry the affected area(s). Some common drying equipment use to dry Queen Creek buildings includes:
- Air movers: They come in two main types – axial and centrifugal.
- Dehumidifiers: The “dehus” help take the moisture out of the air, which is distributed by the air mover fans.
- Wood floor and wall cavity drying equipment: Today’s equipment can pump high-pressure air or vacuum the air from walls and cavities to speed drying. Air movers can also be incorporated to blow air into walls.
- Heat drying equipment: Heat drying units may also be deployed in the area to speed up the drying.
- Monitoring a Water Damage Restoration Project:Drying equipment will likely run for several (2-4 in most cases) days. Each day, we’ll return to the property and properly monitor the drying using moisture meters and other specialized tools. In fact, today’s technology is so advanced that remote monitoring is now available so we can keep an eye on progress while we’re not there. Monitoring ensures the structure is drying properly and also allows any adjustments to be made with the equipment should drying be hindered in any way.
- Documentation:You can’t underestimate the importance of documentation when it comes to water damage restoration.
- Moisture readings can be analyzed to track and validate drying progress.
- Documentation helps verify drying success to an insurance adjuster.
- A tangible report and drying log ensuring drying was successful is beneficial for transfers of property.
- Reconstruction:If it was Category 2 or Category 3 water in the home, it’s likely that reconstruction or structural water damage repair will need to commence. Here are some examples of what may need to be done:
- Carpet and pad replacement
- Drywall repair
- Drywall replacement
- Hardwood floor repair
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So while you never want to discover water damage in your home, Our company can have your home restored to a pre-loss condition in a matter of days.