Basics of Water Damage Restoration…
Water damage restoration is a very involved process, and you must remember that not all water damage is readily apparent. The novice homeowner or handyman may not always know where to look forhidden problems, and the overall process may take a period of days,weeks, or in some cases even months to correct, making it important to call in a professional.
The basics of water damage restoration can be broken down into four steps:
This is the process wherein the excess water is removed from the home. Depending on the depth and severity of the spill, eitherwet-dry vacuum units or gas powered submersible pumps will beutilized. Electric pumps are discouraged as electricity and water do not mix, and any attempt to remove water with a normal vacuum cleaner will only result in the purchase of a new vacuum. Most of the water can be removed from the property using water extraction.
Once the excess is out, surfaces may appear dry, but a cursoryinspection will reveal they will be wet to the touch. Most everysurface has the ability to retain a certain amount of moisture.The only way to remove this moisture is through air circulation.Open all windows and doors to get fresh air moving through thehome. High velocity fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers areinvaluable tools to help the process along; the more units, the better. Moving them around every few hours or so will insure complete drying coverage. The drying process should take three days to complete.
This step involved the cleaning, repair, and disinfecting of all items or structures that were damaged by the water. Carpets will need major treatment, and electrical appliances and systems will need to be inspected by a qualified electrician before further use.
This is probably the single most time consuming part of the process.
The final step in the process, this is the process of restoring your home to its pre-loss condition. Restoration may involve the repair or replacing of drywall, flooring, or ceilings, as well as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in the home. Some water damage is beyond repair, so reconstruction is the only viable option. Re-landscaping may be required to provide proper runoff and drainage for the property. The water restoration service can also document the materials and possessions affected by water damage and use industry pricing guides to determine proper value. The final steps in the process involve taking care of the final little detail touches designed to return your home to its former beauty and make it ready for the occupants to return.