Water Damage Restoration Services
Water damage restorations services refer to those actions needed to thoroughly cleanse and repair a home that has suffered water damage. Such damage usually occurs because of some type of flood. These floods themselves occur because of the following types of incidents:
- Broken Water Pipes
- Old, Weathered Plumbing Systems
- Leaky Roofs
- Clogged Toilets
- Rusted Water Heaters
- Overflowing Drainage Pans
It is very important that you choose a reliable restoration provider. Ideally, the company you select should be a local, licensed entity that has decades of experience. Furthermore, the company should be equipped to handle every step of the restoration process, from the extraction of water to the repair of walls and cabinets.
A To Z Summary
Before we take a look at some of the more important aspects of water damage restoration services, we want to give a brief rundown of its main steps:
- Assessment of the water damage.
- Extraction of all the water*.
- Mold control and structural repairs*.
- Content pack-out*.
- Disinfection/Anti-Microbal Treatment
- Insurance Billing
The four ones we want to focus on today are water extraction, content/structure restoration, content-pack out and monitoring.
Water damage restoration services start with water extraction. Restoration companies possess the equipment needed to thoroughly dry all components of your home. This is fundamental, because if everything is not dried out properly then your home could face structural damage. And unfortunately, the only way to remediate structural damage is by tearing down walls.
The key to quality water extraction lies in the equipment used. Some homeowners try to do their own water extraction using water vacuums. While this is fine, it should not be the only solution you choose. You also need to invest in a professional restoration company. They have the industry-grade extraction units needed to quickly and effectively dry your entire home before the damage worsens.
Structure And Content Restoration
The goal of water extraction is to minimize the damage. The next step is the repair of your home via deodorizing, disinfecting and restoring its individual components. The type of services needed depend on the type of furnishings in your home. It also is based on the types of floors, i.e., whether or not you mainly have hardwood floors, carpeted floors, etc.
Regardless, the company will utilize a variety of tools and equipment to correctly restore your property. These might include the following:
- Special Drying Chambers
- Ultrasonic Drying Techniques
- Dry Cleaning
- Spraying And Wiping
- Immersion Cleaning
- Ozone Remediation
- Air Duct Cleansing
Again, the exact methods used will depend entirely on the severity of the water damage.
Some items may need to be removed from the premises and relocated to somewhere else for full restoration. This process is known as content pack-out. Items will be moved to another location and then defined as either salvage or non-salvageable. Unfortunately, non-salvageable items will need to be completely replaced, if possible. Salvageable items, on the other hand, can be recovered given the right tools.
Below is a list of the types of items that are usually reserved for content pack-out services:
- Paper Documents
- Paper Books
- Clothing Items
- Electronic Equipment
- Certain Furniture
The last step involves the regular monitoring of your home for a temporary period of time. The company must ensure that your home doesn’t just look like clean and recovered — but rather that it does in fact fully recover. Delayed or incomplete recoveries can and often do lead to far more severe damage. Imagine, for instance, if an untreated roof suddenly collapses on you.
Getting A Quote
All of these fundamental steps cannot be achieved until you first reach out to a quality water damage restoration services company and get a quote. The company will visit your home and assess all the damage. They will then piece together a plan of action and provide you with a quote. Once you accept the quote (which we recommend you do right away), they’ll then begin the process of restoration.
It can take several days or longer, depending on the severity. The key of course is to start as soon as possible.