By Stephen Rone
One of the most devastating catastrophes a home or business owner faces is water damage. The sources of water are many, ranging from an overflowing tub to a raging rainstorm. Water has the potential to harm both the structure and the contents of your home and also to expose you to secondary damage like mold growth. A fast response is crucial when dealing with water damage as the longer it goes unabated, the more likely total or partial disintegration of building materials, fixtures, and belongings occurs.
Water flowing or seeping where it should not has the possibility of severe negative consequences for all you own. Dealing with water incursion is a crisis, and contracting with an experienced and reliable water damage restorationcompany must be your first reaction. You need a recovery firm open for business 24 hours a day, every day of the year because water will not wait.
The restoration company you deserve arrives within hours, not days, and has all the necessary water extraction and drying tools and equipment on the truck. A professional assessment of the situation is done quickly, and the team jumps into action. Submersible pumps take care of standing water, and powerful suction extractors pull moisture out of corners, crevices, and floor coverings. The extractors must be used cautiously as damage to carpeting sometimes results in a vigorous application. The training competent water damage remediation technicians receive is a safeguard against improper use of any water abatement equipment.
Truck-mounted pumps and extractors are imperative as often you must disconnect electricity, for safety reasons, after the water covers cords and outlets. Premium restoration companies have the option to power equipment remotely, avoiding the problem of electricity shut offs. If the water is contaminated pumping it into containers allows the restoration company to dispose of it according to local law. It takes a practiced eye to decide if water is clean, gray, or black, with black being the most tainted. Examples of black water would be sewage. Grey water might be a dishwasher or laundry overflow. Clean water is a fleeting thing, starting with a broken pipe, for instance. Clean water becomes contaminated the longer it sits, going to gray and then black in a matter of days. Removing it fast before it turns is paramount.
After the removal of gallons of water, the restoration company takes on the balance of reducing moisture levels within the materials of the structure, the contents, and the air of the affected building. Employees take advanced courses in applied drying techniques to ensure that all items can return to pre-water damage condition. Ambient moisture levels and levels within walls, ceilings, and floors are measured periodically throughout the process. Air movers and drying mats are positioned to reduce the moisture to drying targets determined by these skilled workers. Dehumidifiers clear the air of high humidity, essential to avoid mold growth.
Finally, assessments begin for furnishings, personal belongings, fixtures, and papers damaged by water. Items saturated with gray or black water usually must be discarded unless they can be laundered or cleaned and sanitized in another way, documents and pictures restore most easily using a freeze-drying technique, done by skilled restorers off site.
When water damage strikes find a trusted and experienced restoration company that offers all the services you need in one reliable package. Trained and certified technicians are a must and help with insurance and reconstruction a plus.