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Restoring Water Damage The Professional Way

7/31/2017 (Permalink)


Restoring Water Damage The Professional Way

When a pipe breaks or a supply line breaks in a home, it is time to call in the professionals. Even in small amounts, water damage can be potentially catastrophic to a property. Water damage, when left to sit for anything longer than 24 hours, begins to rot drywall, subflooring and structural members of the building. It is often difficult to know the extent that water damage has permeated the structure, without having a professional restoration company carry out an on-site inspection. Even if it appears that all of the water in a home or water in a business has been removed, if any water damage remains undetected, after approximately one week it is likely to cause permanent damage to the property. This will likely involve the necessary replacement of joists, beams and drywall. In severe cases, it could lead to the condemning of the property.

The good news is that timely action will almost always result in total restoration of the property to its prior state. Over the last hundred-plus years, restoration professionals have developed a specific protocol for the mitigation of water damage. While each restoration company will differ slightly in its procedures, the following mitigation process will be more or less followed by every restoration company.

Flood damage mitigation and restoration of a flooded home is a difficult task that can only be carried out by professionals. It is absolutely imperative that, upon flood damage taking place, whether from a pipe break, a supply line break or other source, a call is placed, as soon as possible, to a local flood damage mitigation company.

If a water cleanup crew can arrive at the flooded home within five hours, the chance of successful mitigation of the flood damage is nearly 100 percent. However, after more than 24 hours, the chance of the flooded home sustaining permanent, severe damage begins to quickly rise.

The water cleanup team should arrive on site quickly. They will then assess the extent of water in the home or water in the business. Using sophisticated instruments, such as infrared water detection equipment and hygrometers, they will be able to see if the water in the home or water in the business has seeped into any hard-to-detect places. If the supply line break or pipe break has taken place on an upper floor, they will be able to see if water has seeped into subflooring and strucutral elements, such as joists and studs. If there is active water seepage or high-pressure spray coming from a pipe break or supply line break, it will be identified and remediated.

The water in the business or home will be extracted using highly powerful pumps and vacuum systems, which are specially designed for mass water extraction. The specialized equipment can remove thousands of gallons per hour. Within one hour, the property will no longer have standing water.

Even though the home will likely appear dry after the water extraction has been completed, it is still absolutely imperative for a professional drying process to be undertaken. This drying process uses industrial-strength drying equipment, similar to what you'd see at a car wash, to ensure that no areas of the home contain any moisture. This process can take as little as a half hour or as long as a full day, depending on the severity and extent of the flooding.

At this point, the home will appear to be completely restored. But it is still imperative to cleanse and sanitize all materials and items. This protects against incipient mold growth and eliminates lingering smells.
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