Water Damage Restoration is a relatively simple procedure to identify and eliminate potential hazards arising due to water intrusion. Water damage refers to a variety of potential losses resulting from water creeping into a structure in places where it can help penetration of an attacking material or mechanism, or structural damage of a building. The process of Water Damage Restoration attempts to mitigate the effects of any damage that has already been done, with the aim of making the building as habitable as possible for the remaining occupants. Water damage can have many consequences on a building such as mould growth on interior walls, formation of mildew on surfaces, cracking of tiles, and warping of carpets, all of which create a host of issues for occupants and/or the architect when considering the long-term viability of the building. Furthermore, it has the potential to spread rapidly to other rooms and even to other buildings nearby.
Before assessing and carrying out Water Damage Restoration, it is important to identify and contain the sources of the problem. In most cases, the first step will be to stop the water coming into the premises by sealing off the affected areas. Structural supports should be checked, and drywall taken down if necessary to prevent further infestations of mold spores. Any damaged or worn out utilities should be identified and replaced. If the damage is due to neglect, then professional help should be sought immediately.
Water Damage Restoration involves several activities that include drying, cleaning, repairing, or getting rid of the moisture that has been contaminated. Drying procedures include drying in an existing dry room, air-drying, and using a dehumidifier. Cleaning and repairing include cleaning carpets, flooring, ceiling, insulation, windows, doors, partitions, roofs, exterior walls, gutters, fixtures, appliances, plumbing fixtures, and electrical wiring. Removing mold spores is usually done using a powerful vacuum cleaner or a strong vacuum hose with strong suction power. Once all contaminated materials have been removed, all belongings should be either properly dry cleaned or sealed in a drying closet to prevent the growth of mold spores.
Water Damage Restoration is not complete without addressing the mold that has been spread throughout the entire building. For this reason, all affected materials should be thoroughly cleaned using disinfectants. Drying, cleaning, and repairing are normally completed on the same day, but some companies may ask for an advance time to do so. Once the cleaning and repairs are done, the rest of the restoration process begins. This usually includes replacement of damaged surfaces, re-varnishing, and adding siding covers to protect the rest of the building from further moisture damage.
If a building has been completely destroyed by flooding, then it will need to be torn down and rebuilt. In many cases, this might mean constructing a new home with an attached flood proof house. Water restoration can be quite expensive when it comes to ripping out the interior walls, carpeting, furniture, flooring, and other things. Flood damage can also cause mold issues, which could make it extremely difficult to repair.
Water damage cleanup is best left to a professional, especially if there is any damage to structural wood. It is wise to contact your insurance company as soon as possible after the cleanup process to see if there is any damage to your home. You will want to know what type of coverage you have and what the status of your home is. The insurance company can either pay for the entire cost of the damages or can help you obtain Short Term Disability Insurance (STDI). Once your home has been stabilized, you can then start working with a water restoration company. A reputable company will gladly work with you throughout the process, from getting the word out to getting all the necessary paperwork taken care of.