The Water Damage Restoration Process
Water damage is a destructive occurrence. When water finds its way to areas where it does not belong, it can rust steel, rot wood, de–laminate plywood and encourage the growth of mold and mildew on various surfaces in the home.
When your personal dwelling or commercial property has suffered water damage from leaks, flooding or other events, we have both the equipment and skills to completely restore your property to its former condition. Our scientific approach to water removal and the experience we have with water cleanup and similar tasks enables us to complete the work in a timely and efficient manner.
How Different Types of Water Affect a Property:
When flooding occurs, the damaging water typically falls into one of three categories. The first is known as “clean water,” which refers to flooding from a water source that poses no threat to the residents of the dwelling. For instance, supply lines in the walls of the home, such as those that go to washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters and faucets are typically supplied by water that has not been contaminated by any threatening substance. If flooding has occurred from this type of water source and it is treated at once, we can most likely mitigate the majority of damage to your home’s walls and flooring, as well as save most of your personal items.
“Grey water” is the second category and refers to flooding from a water source that contains a substantial amount of physical contaminants that cause property damage or sickness, such as chemicals or biological substances. This type of flooding typically comes from sump pump failures, problems with commodes or discharged water from washing machines or dishwashers after they have run their cycle. Items contaminated with grey water must be removed to mitigate the possibility of mold growth and to slow property damage.
“Blackwater” is the third category of flooding water and typically comes from a very unsanitary source. It will almost certainly cause sickness or other discomfort eventually, as it usually contains fungi and other harmful bacteria. Flood damage from this water category is almost always traced back to the sewage system. Other sources are seawater, ground surface water that finds its way into the home and category two water that was left to stand 48 to 72 hours rather than being promptly removed. Treating this type of flood damage requires highly specialized equipment and experience, and mold remediation is almost certainly necessary after such damage occurs.
Water Damage Remediation Process
Although water damage comes in many forms, the general process for dealing with such an event remains the same. The first step is making the initial call to one of our professionals to begin the process. The first task they will accomplish is the removal of all standing water, which is typically completed with water extractor pumps.
The next step involves pulling up all carpets and padding and drying out floors completely. This will ensure that the proliferation of mold and mildew is halted. The third step is to remove all electronic equipment, appliances, computers, draperies, furniture, works of art and important documents to thoroughly dry them and return them to their previous condition, if possible.
Finally, the site where the water damage occurred is disinfected and decontaminated for the purpose of killing off bacteria with the appropriate antimicrobial solutions.
If you are facing the results of water damage, regardless of its cause, you should not procrastinate. Rather, you should contact one of our professionals as soon as possible. This is because damage to your possessions and property will only worsen as time goes on if the situation is not quickly remedied. Contact us today and let us help you restore the environment of your home to a comfortable and safe condition.