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From Flood to Normal: Professional Water Damage Restoration Explained

8/18/2017 (Permalink)


From Flood to Normal: Professional Water Damage Restoration Explained

Water damage, it is a fear for every home and vehicle owner. Vehicles are easy enough to keep out of deep water, simply drive the other direction. Homes are not quite so simple, as most times the water in the home comes from sources beyond human control such as supply line breaks, pipe breaks and floods. As any professional will inform, water in a home is serious trouble without mitigation. Simply drying the water is not always enough to prevent further damage. Structural damage, horrible odors, water or flood damage to paint and drywall, the list goes on and restoration can be particularly difficult. For homeowners these issues can mean reduction in resale value, for water in a business it could mean a death sentence of potential sales. Thus, restoration companies exist to restore and mitigate water damage to homes.

If there is water in a home or water in a business establishment the first action a restoration company will take is an inspection to identify the source of the leak, and assess the damage. More than just essential to preventing further water damage, determining the cause of the leak is especially important to mitigation and water cleanup. This is because if it is a supply line break or a pipe break, the water may not have caused as much damage as full blown flood damage in a flooded home. In a flooded home, the water will have seeped into every wall and floor below the flood line, leaving significant issues in drying and water cleanup. A supply line break or pipe break however could be more readily contained and mitigated.

The next step in restoration involves removing the standing water. For a flooded home, water cleanup cannot begin until all of the standing water is extracted and there is no more water in the home. Depending upon the extent of the flood damage, this could significantly delay the effort of removing the water and drying out the moisture. For water in a business or home which had a supply line break or a pipe break, removing the standing water is much more straightforward and is accomplished much more quickly.

The third step a restoration company will take in water cleanup is drying out the moisture left behind by the water. More than just removing the standing water, drying out the moisture prevents additional issues in the future. Drying is key to future damage mitigation because if moisture persists it can lead to mildew, structural damage, electrical problems and myriad other secondary issues that are not easily dealt with. Ergo, a professional restoration company will always attempt to remove as much moisture as possible to return the home or business to less problematic levels.

Once the standing water is removed and the moisture it left behind is dried out, a restoration company will move on to cleaning and sanitizing stage. For flooded homes, this is an especially important step since flood waters frequently bring debris, plant life and even occasional animals in to exacerbate the flood damage. In the case of a burst pipe or supply line, the cleaning and sanitizing helps prevent the mildew which can lead to bad odors and even mold if left unmitigated.
Finally, once the cleaning and sanitation is complete a professional will go to work on restoring the home or business to its original state. Repairing walls, recoating with paint, fixing new structural faults, and replacing flooring are commonplace requirements. The extent of required restoration is directly related to the extent of the damage done by the water, and what mitigation took place prior to the damage.

Understanding the process of how a professional can repair the issue and restore the home or business is essential to relieving the already stressful situation of water damage. Ultimately, regardless if it is a flooded home or water in a business, water Damage is never pleasant. This is true no matter how it is approached or how quickly the individual and his or her designated contractor react to the problem. These processes can mitigate further damage however, thus why so many turn to professional restoration companies when their home or business floods.
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