The water damage process is a series of steps that should be handled by skilled, experienced, certified and a licensed water damage restoration expert. These steps are explained here:
1.Don’t wait. Call Us Now
The recovery process begins with a phone call and the longer you wait the worse the damage gets. Water damages are usually traumatic, and when we answer the phone, we understand the feeling that you already have. Our representative will ask few questions regarding the extent of the damage and whether you are the property owner. Once we know the scoop, a dispatch team is released to ensure that your problem is addressed fast.
2. We inspect and assess the damage
A certified water damage technician normally does an initial evaluation to establish the proper action that needs to be undertaken so as to ensure that negative of the damage is reversed. The assessment also needs to be done to identify the type of water. This is because the kind of water contamination profoundly determines the restoration process that will be used to restore the property.
Once we finish a thorough inspection, and no possible safety hazards, furniture, or premises contents need to be secured, then we get to work and the restoration begins immediately.
3. Water Extraction
Water extraction involves getting the water out of your property or home. This is done to help in the drying of the property or home and also to prevent mold and secondary water damage.
Everything wet must be removed (including rugs, pillows, clothing, furniture,) away from the affected area.
Sometimes, baseboards, non-salvageable drywall, and non-salvageable wet insulation have to be removed too.
To accelerate drying, others such as cabinets, drawers and doors may also need to be removed.
4. De-humidification and Drying
Some building materials may look dry after water removal, but the fact is that they still retain a significant amount of water. To achieve drying, the temperature, and the humidity is manipulated to dry them out. Specialized equipment is used which include dehumidifiers and industrial air movers.
5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
After drying floors, walls, and other surfaces that require cleaning treatments, its time to sanitize, and depending on the situation antibacterial, antimicrobial or disinfectant can be used. Damaged materials are also disposed of but in guidance with your insurance and with your knowledge.
This is the final step and involves restoring your property or home to its pre-water damage condition. It may include some minor repairs, or it might also entail significant repairs. Painting, Carpet repair and installation, Hardwood floor repair, Drywall Removal and Installation form part of your property/house repairs.