Water Damage Restoration: What You Need To Know
No home owner wants to deal with damage to their house, but some types of damage are even more insidious than others. Water damage in particular can be especially problematic because it appears in so many different ways and can lead to massive problems in both the short and long term if it isn’t properly handled. Water damage restoration is a process that goes through multiple steps and can be expensive – but it is far better than the alternative of ignoring it and hoping nothing serious happens as a result!
Initial Contact & Inspection
The initial first step is going to be contacting a licensed and insured water damage restoration specialist who will check out your home to look at the extent of the problem. This is often an emergency contact, although that isn’t necessarily always the case. During this initial stage the immediate need of stopping any burst pipe or steady leak is tackled head-on to at least stabilize the problem so it doesn’t continue to compound or get worse.
An inspection and damage assessment may take place next, or if the water damage is a result of a burst pipe and standing water is an issue it’s possible that you will need to have the sitting water removed professionally first. This service would be part of the full restoration and repair experience anyway, and it helps to give the professionals a much better idea of what the full extent of the damage actually is.
Remove All The Water
Once the inspection is completed and the home owner is informed of the extent of the damage and the type and amount of work that will need to be done to fix things, the next step is then to remove all of the water. This isn’t just everything that is sitting on the surface, but it involves deep cleaning from any carpet that doesn’t have to be replaced, drying out wood and plywood, and really pulling every single bit of moisture out of the entire afflicted area.
Because of water’s nature it can leak through any hole, no matter how small, and be absorbed by any porous surface. Because of this, the removal stage often takes longer than you would think as it’s critical for restoration specialists to be as thorough as possible to make sure the next stage is also successful.
Full Commercial Drying
Drying and de-humidification. Once the water is out, full drying needs to be applied to every area that was damaged, that was bordering damaged areas, and that is questionable. This type of drying means pulling moisture out of the air, it’s hot air blasting corners or hidden nooks where mold and mildew might grow if left unattended.
This drying helps to halt any damage that is taking place and can help make sure that any place that was damp or soaked but doesn’t appear damaged doesn’t become ground zero for black mold or other major health issues that no home owner wants to deal with.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Clean up is never fun, but it’s a major part of the process. Often coming during or after the drying, this step could be nicknamed “bad health prevention” as many of these steps go the extra mile to eliminate possible hidden patches of mildew, mold, rot, and other damage that could affect you and everyone inside of the house.
These steps help bring your home “back to normal” or at least sanitize the area to the point where you feel confident than all current health problems related to the water damage are taken care of and removed and the basis is set for any major restoration work that needs to be done.
Minor & Major Restoration
Depending on how extensive the damage was, you will need restoration work. This could be replacing carpeting or flooring, the back of cabinets, trim work, or all of the above. Water damage can cause structural damage in addition to health issues, so don’t be surprised if actual structural work needs to be done in the damage room. If you’re lucky it will be just relatively minor things, but sometimes wholesale change is needed.
When you understand the steps to water damage restoration you are far more likely to come through the process smiling.