Do you have water damage from a busted pipe? Did your toilet or sump pump overflow? Is your basement flooded? What about storm damage?
Whatever the reason may be, the fact is, water damage is not an oddity. In fact, it’s one of the most filed homeowner insurance claims. Additionally, the number of water damage claims filed is increasing year by year. Nevertheless, the important thing to remember is water damage, while undesirable, is typically not a total loss. That being said, here’s a look at the water damage restoration process in general:
Initial Inspection of Water Damaged Areas
Before a home can be restored, a plan of action needs to be formed. This consists of a restoration expert inspecting the home and finding where and how far the water penetrated. A professional will use moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to see how far the water spread on surfaces. These tools locate hidden areas of moisture in wall cavities and under flooring.
Many people in Mesa, AZ who experience water damage, quickly think their electronics, clothes, documents and photos will be destined for the scrap heap. However, that’s not the case in many situations. Most homeowners are shocked to learn that over 90 percent of all items damaged in a conventional water loss. Patterson Restoration, LLC helps you through the entire content restoration process.
Using a piece of equipment known as a truck-mount; Patterson Restoration, LLC will extract any standing water from the property. Water extraction is essentially the removal of standing water from flooring materials so that maximum drying can take place at a pace that’ll inhibit microbial activity.
There are three categories of water loss, as defined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC):
- Category 1 – water from a clean or sanitary source.
- Category 2 – water that contains some level of contaminants that may pose a health risk to a homeowner.
- Category 3 – unsanitary water that could cause illness. Sewage losses, flooding from rivers or streams and wind-driven rain are all examples of Category 3 water.
It’s also important to note that a Category 1 water loss can quickly degrade into a Category 2 or Category 3 water loss if it mixes with certain contaminants or is allowed to dwell in a building long enough to support mold growth. The faster the water is removed from a home, the better. Immediate action is important for a property owner after discovering water damage.
Structural Material Removal Instead of Drying
In the event of a Category 3 water loss, deconstruction may be necessary. The IICRC S500 Standard on Professional Water Damage Restoration states that anything porous damaged in a Category 3 water loss shall be removed. Drywall and particleboard material are two main materials removed. Additionally, anything semi-porous shall be treated on a case-by-case basis and anything that is not porous can be sanitized and disinfected.
Based on this standard, drywall, carpeting and flooring materials will not be salvageable if damaged in a Category 3 water loss and shall be removed from the home. If Category 3 water wasn’t present inside the home, then the aforementioned can likely be dried. That brings us to our next step…
Drying Water Damaged Areas
After water extraction, our certified water damage restoration crew will set up the need equipment to dry the impacted areas. This can be done in a few ways. The most popular method of drying is to place air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected area. Subsequently, this method promotes evaporation and the excess moisture the air gets removed by the dehumidifier. Injection drying equipment can also be set up in to dry wall cavities and under cabinets to further save many of the homes components. Complete drying is usually 2-5 days.
Disinfect and/or Sanitize Water Damaged Areas
Following extraction and drying, additional measures may need to be taken to ensure that mold doesn’t grow. Applying an antimicrobial product to the wet area can usually inhibit the mold growth process. Antimicrobials and biocides also work to treat any mold or bacteria that may have already grew and can prevent any new growth from starting. Because every water damage loss is different, a professional will know the best way to treat your loss.
Verification of Completed Structural Drying
At the end of a residential water damage restoration job, verification is done to ensure the job was completely correctly. Moisture meters and thermal image cameras are again used to verify there’s no remaining water in the affected areas. In the event of a Category 3 water loss, surface sampling is used to verify cleanliness of the impacted area.
In addition to this step, reconstruction and/or minor repairs may also be needed based on the extent of the initial damage.
Flooding and Flood Damage in Mesa, AZ?
Mesa Arizona is no stranger to floods. Due to our desert monsoon season, it has seen its fair share of flooding. During this time Mesa receives a good amount of rainfall which also contributes to numerous roof leak issues. Flood cleanup is a different monster in the world of restoration. All flood damage is classed under a category three loss. This means there will be less to dry and more to remove. Because flood water can carry multiple contaminants, proper cleaning is a must to ensure a safe and healthy restoration of the property.
Flood damage is a loss that typically requires a specific insurance policy for those types of damages to be covered. Many homes however, do not have this coverage and are subjected to cover the cost of the repairs. It is always a good plan to know what your coverages are that way preventative steps can be made and missing pieces can be put into place should a flood damage your property. You can check with your local insurance agent on how to get more information on flood insurance and if it’s right for you.
The Aftermath of Water Damage
Residential water damage repair jobs vary in length based on the area that is affected, the category of water and more. But generally speaking, most homes can be restored to a pre-loss condition fairly quickly
Finding water in the home is never a fun thing for a homeowner to experience. Patterson Restoration, LLC understands that perfectly. That’s why they we make sure we’re on site quickly. We’re here to help calm and comfort property owners while starting the water damage repair process. Thanks to great advances in drying technology, water damage cleanup can be completed faster and more convenient than ever. This all means that our customers get back to normal faster!
So if you ever find water in your home, don’t try to handle the situation yourself. Just call the Mesa Water Damage Repair Professionals at Patterson Restoration, LLC.